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Newsletter March 2011

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News: Zinc finger gene therapy produces HIV-resistant CD4 T-cells
Gene therapy that interferes with co-receptors on the surface of T-cells can protect these cells from HIV infection, representing a potential first step toward achieving a "functional cure," researchers reported at the 18th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), taking place this week in Boston.
HIV uses two different surface co-receptors, CCR5 and CXCR4, to enter CD4 T-cells. If the co-receptors are blocked or disrupted, the virus is unable to enter cells. Two presentations on Monday looked at using gene therapy to create cells that lack these receptor proteins and therefore are protected from infection.

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News: CliniGene- public hands on training
With the opportunity of its public meeting in Paris on April 7-9th, CliniGene is willing to introduce a high level hands-on training which is open to a large public of young professionals specialising in Gene Therapy and Cells engineering (Registration deadline: March 20th 2011). This training is organised along an original scheme which is featured taking advantage of CliniGene specific features and the above mentioned event:
1/ Eight technology platforms specialising each on a different area and/or gene transfer vector system or cell engineering
2/ The CliniGene public conference 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.

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News: NVGT Embraces Cell Therapy with Name Change
The Dutch Society of Gene Therapy (NVGT) has officially changed its name last Friday to the Netherlands Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (NVGCT), a change intended to better reflect the intimate relationship between the two fields. A new website will be launched soon.
The NVGCT is dedicated to promoting basic and clinical research in gene therapy and cell therapy within the Netherlands. By connecting scientists, clinicians, patients, public and government we wish to contribute to the development of gene and cell therapy for various diseases. The society aims to facilitate the exchange of information and technology, improve communication towards the public and provide education within the professional community.

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Conference: NIH Gene Therapy Symposium
ASGCT members are working with the Trans-NIH Gene Therapy Group to develop a gene therapy symposium on the NIH campus (date September 26-27, 2011).
The goal of the Symposium is to update the NIH community on current scientific issues in gene therapy and to assess areas that may be most ripe for translational initiatives. This Symposium also presents an opportunity to review the challenges faced by investigators moving into the clinic and to discuss examples of technical and regulatory hurdles that have been successfully addressed. The Gene Therapy Symposium will be open to both the NIH community and to the general public. The program is still in the early phases of development. Check the Gene Therapy Net website later for more information.

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Conferences
- 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
- 28 April 2011, 11th Workshop of the Korean Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (KSGCT) - Gene Delivery for Stem Cell Science, Catholic Institute of Science, Seoul, Korea
- 4 - 6 May 2011, Australasian Gene Therapy Society (AGTS) 7th Meeting, Melbourne, Australia
- 11 - 13 May 2011, Phacilitate’s 10th annual European Vaccine Forum & Active Immunotherapeutics Forum, Barcelona, Spain
- 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
- 22 – 24 May 2011, 6th International Meeting on Gene Therapy of Arthritis and Related Disorders, London, UK
- 29 May - 2 June 2011, Gordon Research Conference: Virusses & Cells, Lucca (Barga), Italy
- 6 - 8 June 2011, The 10th Annual Meeting of the French Society of Cell and Gene Therapy (SFTCG), Nantes, France
- 7 -8 June 2011, PDA Europe Workshop on Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products, Helsinki, Finland
- 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
- 21 - 23 September 2011, Annual Meeting of the Spanish Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (SETGyC), Zaragoza, Spain
- 26 - 27 September 2011, NIH Gene Therapy Symposium, Bethesda, MD
- 27 - 31 October 2011, European Society Of Gene & Cell Therapy (ESGCT) and the British Society of Gene Therapy (BSGT) collaborative Congress 2011, Brighton, UK
- 8 November 2011, 4rd annual Workshop on Genome Engineering, Seattle, WA
- 16 - 18 November 2011, 10th Annual Gene Therapy Symposium for Heart, Lung, and Blood Diseases. Focus Topic: Cell Trafficking and the Niche, Sonoma, CA

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