International Registry of Werner Syndrome
University of Washington Department of Pathology
About International Registry of Werner Syndrome
The International Registry of Werner Syndrome (IRWS), associated with the Department of Pathology of the University of Washington, is a non-profit research organization dedicated to providing clinical and genetic information on Werner syndrome to healthcare professionals and researchers. Werner syndrome, a rare autosomal recessive disorder, is characterized by abnormally short stature in childhood and premature aging beginning in adolescence or early adulthood. Established in 1986, IRWS works to ascertain and genotype individuals with Werner syndrome from around the world and to establish and cryopreserve cell lines from affected individuals.