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Newsletter April 2012

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News: Brain gene therapy is beating my Parkinson's
Doctors in Britain say a radical new treatment for Parkinson's could improve the lives of millions who suffer from the disease. Sheila Roy says she can finally enjoy life at her countryside home in Cambridge, England. She has lived with Parkinson's disease for 17 years, but a team of Oxford scientists developed a treatment that changed her life. “I can see a glimmer of a person I use to be now, which is really exciting,” she said. Roy was one of only 15 people in the world to take part in a gene therapy experiment that was previously tested on lab animals. Scientists create and inject a virus into the brain. It jumpstarts the production of dopamine, a chemical that fights Parkinson's. Without dopamine, patients suffer tremors and uncontrolled movements.
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News: Potential gene therapy for patients with rare disease
Australian scientists have discovered that a biological phenomenon known as ‘somatic reversion’, when an abnormal gene spontaneously becomes normal again, explains why some patients with a rare genetic disorder live much longer than they should.
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Poll: Cancer gene therapy available in China
Gene Therapy Net started a new poll regarding commercial cancer gene therapy treatments in Asia. There is still no gene therapy product on the market in the US and Europe, but there is a gene therapy cancer product available in China. Would you travel to China to receive this treatment? What do you think? Vote now!
1- Yes, immediately, or
2- Yes, but first consult my own doctor, or
3- No, I don't think it will work, or
4- No, I want treatment in my own country

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Conferences
- 16 – 19 May 2012, American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ASGCT) 15th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA
- 21 – 23 May 2012, 2012 World Gene Therapy Congress Europe, London, UK
- 5 – 8 June 2012, International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT) 18th Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA
- 28 – 30 June 2012, The 18th Annual Meeting of the Japan Society of Gene Therapy (JSGT), Kumamoto University, Kumamoto, Japan
- 5 – 6 October 2012, International Society for Cell & Gene Therapy of Cancer - 2012 Singapore Conference, Singapore
- 22 – 24 October 2012, International conference on Genetic Syndromes & Gene Therapy, Chicago
- 26 – 29 October 2012, European Society Of Gene & Cell Therapy (ESGCT) XXth annual meeting and the French Society of Cell and Gene Therapy (SFTCG) collaborative Congress 2012, Versailles, France
- 5 - 7 December 2012, DNA Vaccines 2012, San Diego, LA

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