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​New genetic test leads to faster, more accurate diagnosis of childhood eye disorders

A new test to help diagnose and predict a range of serious childhood eye conditions has been developed by researchers at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (ICH).

Low myostatin levels linked to lack of success of anti-myostatin drugs for muscle-wasting conditions

Levels of myostatin, a protein that prevents muscle growth, could influence how well the body responds to anti-myostatin treatments for muscle-wasting conditions such as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). This breakthrough could help predict which patients will benefit from therapies that aim to increase muscle strength by blocking myostatin.

Advances in the treatment of the severe immune disorder Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome

Researchers at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) have made an important breakthrough in understanding how the immune system becomes disrupted in Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome (WAS), a genetic disorder where the patient’s immune cells begin attacking their own body.

£75,000 boost for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy gene therapy research

GOSH Biomedical Research Centre researcher Dr John Counsell has been awarded up to £75,000 of funding from the UCL Therapeutic Acceleration Support (TAS) Fund for a study exploring the use of novel vectors in gene therapy for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).

Cannabidiol trial shows reduction in seizures for children with Dravet syndrome

A trial conducted in Europe and the USA has shown that cannabidiol – a drug derived from cannabis but with the psycho-active elements removed – reduces seizures in children with a form of drug resistant epilepsy, known as Dravet syndrome.

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