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Newsletter March 2010

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News: Scientists Still Hopeful About Gene Therapy's Promise
Twenty-five years ago, it seemed as if gene therapy was on the verge of revolutionizing medicine. But that revolution never occurred, and scientists realized that they had been overly optimistic about how quickly they could develop such therapies. Now, however, there are signs that the field of gene therapy is making definite progress, even if the revolution is still on hold. The concept of gene therapy is simple. Some diseases are caused by damage to a single gene — for example, cystic fibrosis and hemophilia. Give patients the healthy gene, and in theory, the disease is cured.
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News: Gene Therapy a Step Closer to Restoring Eyesight to Some Blind Patients
Researchers have moved a step closer toward fully restoring the eyesight of people with a rare genetic disorder. A new study shows the treatment is safe and effective, and could pave the way for helping cure more common causes of blindness. Leber's congenital amaurosis is an extremely rare condition that causes blindness in approximately 4,000 people in the United States.
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Website News: Update your profile
The Gene Therapy Net website has been updated with a new feature. The user registration field is extended with new information regarding the personal interest in gene therapy. The information is not required, but can be used for searches by registered users to find you and other users with the same interest in gene therapy. For instance, you can contact specific users working with adenoviral vectors for cancer treatment directly by email.
Please login and update your profile. Upon login a 'User Menu' will appear with a link to 'Enter Your Personal Menu'. The registration details can be updated any time and you can specify whether your profile is visible for other users. Remember that your username, password and e-mail address ({subtag:email}) will always be hidden.

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Conferences
- 19 - 21 March 2010, British Society of Gene Therapy (BSGT) 7th Annual Conference, Royal Holloway University London, UK
- 22 - 24 April 2010, 6th International Meeting on Gene Therapy of Arthritis and Related Disorders, London, UK
- 2 - 4 May 2010, 5th Canadian Symposium on Gene Therapy and Vaccines, Grenville-sur-la-Rouge, Quebec, Canada
- 5 May 2010, 7th Annual Conference of the Israeli Society of Gene & Cell Therapy (ISGCT), Tel Aviv, Israel
- 17 – 18 May 2010, ASGCT Clinical Trials Training Course, Washington DC, MD
- 19 – 23 May 2010, American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ASGCT) 13th Annual Meeting, Washington DC, MD
- 22 – 26 May 2010, International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT) 16th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA
- 26 - 29 June 2010, 3nd International symposium on Cellular Delivery of Therapeutic Macromolecules, Cardiff, UK
- 1 - 3 July 2010, The 16th Annual Meeting of the Japan Society of Gene Therapy (JSGT), Tochigi-ken Sougou Bunka Center, Utsunomiya-city Tochigi, Japan
- 24 August - 4 September 2010, Viral Vectors in Gene Therapy: Applications and Novel Production Methods, A.I. Virtanen Institute, Kuopio, Finland
- 6 - 9 October 2010, 17th Annual Meeting German Society for Gene Therapy (DG-GT e.V.), Munich, LMU Campus Grosshadern, Germany
- 22 - 25 October 2010, European Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ESGCT) 18th Annual Congress, Milan, Italy
- 24 - 26 January 2011, Phacilitate 7th Annual Cell & Gene Therapy Forum 2011, Washington DC, MD
- 4 - 6 May 2011, Australasian Gene Therapy Society (AGTS) 7th Meeting, Melbourne, Australia
- 18 - 22 May 2011, American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ASGCT) 14th Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA

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