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Newsletter August 2014

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News: Gene correction technique could revolutionise treatment
Scientists have performed a “seamless” correction to a faulty gene behind an inherited form of anaemia using a revolutionary new technique in genome editing that could transform the treatment of many genetic diseases. Two mutations in the haemoglobin gene of a patient with beta thalassemia – which can cause severe anaemia – were corrected without any errors using the Crispr technique of genome editing, the researchers said. The experiment involved converting the patient’s skin cells into stem cells in the laboratory so that the faulty gene could be corrected before the stem cells were allowed to mature into red blood cells. Without the genome correction, the red cells would have become deformed and sickle-shaped as a result of the defective haemoglobin gene.

News: New gene therapy may replace pacemaker implants
A new technology that allows genes to be injected into hearts with damaged electrical systems may replace the need for pacemaker implants in humans in the future. In the United States alone, there are more than 500,000 patients that get pacemaker implants annually. When the batteries on the Pacemakers run out in seven to 10 years, another surgery is required to implant a new device.

Conference: XXII Congress of the European Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ESGCT)
The XXIInd annual congress of the ESGCT will be held in collaboration with the Netherlands Society for Gene and Cell Therapy (NVGCT) from 23 - 26 October 2014. There is an exciting programme already lined up, and travel, social and accommodation information is also available on the ESGCT website.

Due to popular demand there will once again be running a Clinical Trials Training Workshop in collaboration with the ASGCT on the 23rd of October. In parallel the organisation is offering a new interactive Education Day with sessions for young researchers, patients and members of the public.

The organisation is expecting to match their record numbers from 2013 with more than 1000 delegates making it the largest academic gene therapy congress in Europe with representatives from over 35 countries. If you are interested in utilising this excellent opportunity to reach scientists, clinicians and regulators as a sponsor or exhibitor please click here or contact Gaelle at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Date: 23 – 26 October 2014
Location: The Hague, The Netherlands


- 17 – 20 September 2014, Summer school: Power of Viral Vectors in Gene Therapy, Primošten, Croatia
- 25 – 27 September 2014, 14th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Cell & Gene Therapy of Cancer, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- 23 – 26 October 2014, XXII Congress of the European Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ESGCT), The Hague, The Netherlands
- 27 – 29 October 2014, 3rd International Conference and Exhibition on Cell & Gene Therapy, Las Vegas, NV
- 17 – 20 September 2014, Summer school: Power of Viral Vectors in Gene Therapy, Primošten, Croatia
- 29 April – 1 May 2015, 9th Australasian Gene Therapy Society Meeting (AGTS), Melbourne, Australia
- 13 - 16 May 2015, American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ASGCT) 18th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana
- 9 - 11 June 2015, Annual conference of the British Society for Gene Therapy (BSGT), Glasgow, UK


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