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Newsletter September 2013

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News: Vaccine appears to clear HIV-like virus in monkeys
Researchers at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) have developed a candidate vaccine that appears to completely clear an AIDS-causing virus from the body. Developed at OHSU’s Vaccine and Gene Therapy Unit, the vaccine is now being tested through a non-human primate form of HIV, called simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV). It is hoped that an HIV-form of the vaccine will soon be tested on humans.
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News: Gene therapy repairs heart attack damage
Researchers have concocted a 'gene cocktail' that may help to turn scar tissue into functioning cardiac cells after a heart attack. Scar tissue often forms following a heart attack in the area that was most affected. The result is a decreased ability of the heart to beat properly and can eventually lead to heart failure. The scientists, from the Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco, USA, are working with cells called fibroblasts, which make up about half of all heart cells. They are aiming to reprogram the function of these fibroblasts from primarily providing structural support to beating heart cells by injecting a cocktail of genes.
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News: First Gene Therapy For Rett Syndrome, An Autism Spectrum Disorder
Scientists in Oregon have developed a new gene therapy for Rett Syndrome, the most disabling of the autism spectrum disorders. Field-tested in mice, it is the first therapy to reverse the course of the disorder in a fully symptomatic model, which represents an important step towards clinical application. Nearly one in 10,000 kids are born each year with Rett syndrome. Neurological and behavioral features, like loss of speech, immobility, and seizures, typically appear after six months of age. The most frequent cause is the mutation of an X chromosome gene called MECP2, which explains why girls are primarily affected by the condition.
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Conference: Cancer Vaccines and Gene Therapy
The Cancer Vaccines and Gene Therapy Meeting will bring together important leaders to present and discuss the latest approaches and technologies used to develop promising anti-cancer therapeutics. Learn how to maximize the potential of cancer immunotherapeutics and implement strategies to ensure successful cancer vaccine development.

Dates: October 3-4, 2013
Venue: Philadelphia

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Conferences
- 30 September – 1 October 2013, Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine Congress, Cambridge, MA
- 30 September – 1 October 2013, Cell Culture World Congress USA, Cambridge, MA
- 30 September – 1 October 2013, World Cord Blood Congress, Cambridge, MA
- 3 – 4 October 2013, Cancer Vaccines and Gene Therapy Meeting, Philadelphia, PA
- 23 – 25 October 2013, 2nd International Conference and Exhibition on Cell & Gene Therapy, Orlanda, Florida
- 24 – 28 October 2013, VII Congress of the Spanish Society of Gene (SETGyC) and Cell Therapy, and XXI Congress of the European Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ESGCT), Madrid, Spain
- 4 – 5 November 2013, Stem Cell Congress 2013, London, UK
- 20 – 22 November 2013, 12th Annual Gene Therapy Symposium for Heart, Lung, and Blood Diseases, Sonoma, California
- 27 - 29 January 2014, Phacilitate 10th Annual Cell & Gene Therapy Forum 2014, Washington DC, MD
- 20 -22 March 2014, 20th Annual Meeting of the German Society for Gene Therapy (DG-GT e.V.), Ulm, Germany
- 28 March 2014, Annual conference of the British Society for Gene Therapy (BSGT), London, UK
- 21 – 24 May 2014, American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ASGCT) 17th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC
- 6 – 8 August 2014, The 20th Annual Meeting of the Japan Society of Gene Therapy (JSGT), Tokio, Japan
- 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

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