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Newsletter April 2009

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Conference update
- 20 June 2009, Cell-Based Therapies for Children with Disabilities: Future Possibilities
- 18 - 20 November 2009, 8th Annual Gene Therapy Symposium for Heart, Lung, and Blood Disease
News: Analysis: Gene therapy has immense potential
After almost two decades, gene therapies have recently started to deliver on their immense promise. Gene therapies have been a part of medicine for almost two decades. Only recently have they started to deliver on their immense promise after a string of setbacks raised doubts about the safety of manipulating human DNA, centre, to treat disease.
The idea behind gene therapy is that by inserting new copies of a particular gene into human cells, it should be possible to correct defects, or to enhance beneficial biological processes. This can be done with viruses, which introduce their own genetic material into the cells they infect, and can be engineered to carry a human gene. Tue, 14 Apr 2009.
Conference: Cell-Based Therapies for Children with Disabilities: Future Possibilities
Participants will learn about research and treatment using cell-based therapies, both embryonic and adult stem cells, to improve functioning in children with neurological disabilities.
Designed for: Individuals with disabilities and their families, health care professionals.
Saturday, June 20, 2009, 8:30 a.m. –2:00 p.m. Kennedy Krieger Institute, 707 North Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21205

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