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High throughput screening identifies the genetic cause underlying a rare disease in a large nationwide cohort

A collaborative study between ICH and the Turkish Pediatric Endocrinology Society has used high throughput DNA analysis to identify the genetic cause of primary adrenal insufficiency in more than 80% of affected children.

A new, genetic diagnostic service for ciliopathy disorders has been launched

In a collaboration between Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) North-East Thames Regional Genetics and the UCL Institute of Child Health, a new genetic diagnostic service for ciliopathy disorders has been launched for service delivery to the NHS.

Research suggests need for long-term follow-up for patients with Kawasaki Disease

Kawasaki disease is a rare condition that causes blood vessels to become inflamed and swollen. It predominantly occurs in children under the age of five. If left untreated, it results in balloon-like swellings (aneurysms) in the coronary vessels of approximately 25% of cases. To date, the cause of this disease remains unknown.

How to purify photoreceptors from retina grown in a dish

Work recently published in Stem Cells has shown that photoreceptor cells can be grown and purified in the lab before being transplanted into a mature host retina. This research, led by BRC-supported Professor Jane Sowden, suggests that cell replacement therapy involving the transplantation of new photoreceptor cells, isolated from retina grown in a dish, may be a possible treatment for blindness.

Clinical trial for a new stem-cell based therapy for a rare skin condition proves promising

Promising findings from a trial for a new stem-cell based therapy for a rare skin condition have been published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. The study, which involved intravenous injections of stem-cells, has led to an improvement in the quality of life for the subjects and their carers.