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Newsletter January 2011

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Conference: Clinical Gene Transfer: State Of The Art Conference & E-Chips European Congress On Human iPS Cells (Registration Open - Limited Capacity)

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The CliniGene Network of Excellence (NoE) is organising a public meeting “Gene Transfer and Therapy: state of the art and eCHiPS - European Conference on Human iPS”, which will take place on April 7-9th 2011, in Paris. This event is aiming at outreach and informing on the latest advances and promises in this fascinating area where science meets medicine and efficacy is now showing in patients without alternative options. The meeting will be two-sided:

The first part will address "Clinical Gene Transfer and Therapy: state of the art". PIs of trials will present latest clinical data. In addition, the CliniGene platform leaders will report on the outcome and integration of various technologies: in fact, while encompassing a broad range of gene transfer systems and their potential applications, the CliniGene-NoE has established intensive networking which crosses the boundaries between the diversity of technology-platforms including AAV, AdV, RV, LV, GM-cells, non-viral, emerging technologies and a human iPS platform. In addition, invited speakers will address key topics: Jude Samulski, AAV technology, Kathy High, how AAV in vivo immunotoxicology can be counteracted; Matthew Weizman, interaction between gene transfer and DNA repair; Mario Capecchi (2007 Nobel Prize) will give a keynote lecture on homologous recombination and Inder Verma on the use of integrating vectors on normal and cancer stem cells to model diseases and address their treatment.
A main ethics and regulatory round table will follow articulating the Clinical Gene Transfer part with the human induced pluripotent stem cells, eCHiPS meeting; this round table will involve the European centralised regulatory body, EMA-CAT together with FDA and patients' organisations, Ethics scholars and Committees.

The eCHiPS part - European Conference on Human iPS is organised jointly with several EU-networks harbouring strong interest in human iPS. The aim is to offer an open forum to all teams involved in this extremely active and competitive new field, which could benefit from interactions, discussions and collaborations at the European level. This conference will gather specialists with expertise in various aspects, such as: reprogramming techniques, iPS markers, quality controls, industrial production, GMP constraints, clinical perspectives, predictive toxicology and high throughput screening, standardization and regulation among others. The goal of this pivotal meeting is to promote a broader European collective action on iPS cells and coordination of teams involved, confirming the EU activity in this field besides USA and Japan.

These joint events will take place on April 7-8 (first part) and April 8-9 (e-CHiPS) at the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris. The programme and the on-line registration are available on the dedicated page of the CliniGene website.

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Literature: The Journal of Gene Medicine Clinical Trials
Head to The Journal of Gene Medicine Clinical Trial site; the most comprehensive source of information on worldwide gene therapy clinical trials available on the internet. You can access charts and tables showing the number of approved, ongoing or completed clinical trials worldwide. Data search is available for a variety of criteria, find out more here.

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Conferences
- 20 January 2011, COGEM Symposium: GM viruses as medicine: panacea or pandora's box?, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- 24 - 26 January 2011, Phacilitate 7th Annual Cell & Gene Therapy Forum 2011, Washington DC, MD
- 27 February - 1 March 2011, Annual meeting of the International Society for Cell & Gene Therapy of Cancer (ISCGT), Doha, Qatar
- 10 - 11 March 2011, Spring Meeting of the Dutch Society of Gene Therapy (NVGT), Heeze, The Netherlands
- 16 - 19 March 2011, 6th International Conference on Oncolytic Viruses as Cancer Therapeutics, Las Vegas, NV
- 7 - 9 April 2011, Clinical Gene transfer: state of the art conference and e-chips European congress on human iPS cells, Paris, France
- 4 - 6 May 2011, Australasian Gene Therapy Society (AGTS) 7th Meeting, Melbourne, Australia
- 18 - 21 May 2011, International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT) 17th Annual Meeting, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
- 18 - 22 May 2011, American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ASGCT) 14th Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA
- 29 May - 2 June 2011, Gordon Research Conference: Virusses & Cells, Lucca (Barga), Italy
- 12 - 14 July 2011, DNA Vaccines 2011, San Diego, LA
- 15 – 17 July 2011, The 17th Annual Meeting of the Japan Society of Gene Therapy (JSGT), Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan
- 27 - 31 October 2011, European Society Of Gene & Cell Therapy (ESGCT) and the British Society of Gene Therapy (BSGT) collaborative Congress 2011, Brighton, UK

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