Historic Time in Treatment of Cystic Fibrosis as Promising Drugs Reach Phase 3 Trials
BETHESDA, Md., Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., the new NIH director who led an international effort to map the human genome and co-discovered the
Held in Minneapolis from Oct. 15-17, 2009, the conference comes at a pivotal point in the history of cystic fibrosis, a fatal genetic disease. For the first time, drugs that aim to treat the basic genetic defect in CF have reached Phase 3 clinical trials. These include VX-770, ataluren (formerly PTC124) and denufosol. Past NACFC conferences have fueled this progress, and helped life expectancy for people with CF to double over the past 25 years.
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Cystic fibrosis affects about 30,000 children and adults in the United States and causes life-threatening lung infections and premature death. Ten million people are unknowing carriers of the faulty CF gene. Fifty years ago, most children with CF died before reaching elementary school. Today, because of Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-supported drug research and care, people with CF are living into their 30s, 40s and beyond.
The North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference, the largest international gathering of leading cystic fibrosis research scientists and clinicians.
WHEN & WHERE:
Thurs., Oct. 15 – Sat., Oct. 17, 2009, at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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About the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world's leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. The Foundation funds more CF research than any other organization and nearly every CF drug available today was made possible because of Foundation support. Based in Bethesda, Md., the Foundation also supports and accredits a national care center network that has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health as a model of care for a chronic disease. For more information, visit www.cff.org.
SOURCE Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
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