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New charity - Just Gene Therapy Launched to support the Consortium

We are pleased to announce the launch of new charity Just Gene Therapy with the specific aim of raising funds for gene therapy research for CF. The charity has been established by Rosie Barnes in conjunction with Professor Eric Alton, and is the only way in which donations can directly support the work of the Consortium.

8 years ago



Consortium Scientists Feature on BBC Radio 4 Programme

Eric Alton, Deborah Gill, Steve Hyde & Uta Griesenbach all took part in a BBC Radio 4 Documentary. The documentary described at length the work of the Consortium and can be listened to again via BBC iPlayer.

8 years ago



MHRA Approval for Multi-Dose Clinical Trial

Last week the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency) granted the final approval necessary for the main body of work in our planned clinical trial to begin. With everything now in place, the first patient visits in London and Edinburgh will take place over the next week. Due to the number of patients enrolled and the 12 visits/patient over 12 months, the trial has a staggered start and finish and will run until sometime in the first half of 2014.

8 years ago



Consortium Scientists Speak at Malaysian Conference

Dr Deborah Gill and Dr Steve Hyde have been invited to speak at the Malaysian Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine Meeting in Langkawi, Malaysia this week. They were invited by Dr Syahril Abdullah, a former PhD student in the Consortium who has since returned home and is one of the conference organisers.

8 years ago



Eric Alton on BBC Today Programme

'Exciting' new cystic fibrosis therapy, BBC News Professor Eric Alton, UK Cystic Fibrosis Gene Therapy Consortium Coordinator from Imperial College, talks to the Today programme's Justin Webb about the multi-dose gene therapy trial.

9 years ago



MRC/NIHR EME Programme to Fund Clinical Trial

The Consortium's Multi-Dose clinical trial will be funded by a 3.1 million grant from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the Medical Research Council (MRC) through the Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation programme.

9 years ago



MRC DPFS to Fund Consortium Wave II Research

The Consortium has been awarded a 1.2 million to fund the development of our Wave II Lentiviral Research Programme. This grant has been awarded by the MRC DPFS Scheme. The aim of this research is to use a modified virus to replace the defective CFTR gene in the human airways.

9 years ago



Horspath Village CF Trust Quiz

In what has become the highlight of the Oxford social Calendar the GeneMed team attended the Horspath Village CF Trust Quiz. Seriously hampered by the lack of questions on gene expression analysis, MHRA regulations, Bioinformatics and things you can buy from Life Technologies the team did well to make it into the top half by the end. However, plaudits were received for the outstanding appearance and attire of the team.

9 years ago



James Peckham Rose of Hope Charity Cycle Ride

James Peckham from Southampton cycled 500 miles from London to Edinburgh via Oxford in one week to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust Gene Therapy appeal. James visited each of the UK CF Gene Therapy Consortium's Research Centres on route to deliver a Rose of Hope.

9 years ago



Rosie Barnes Awarded OBE

In the Queen's Birthday Honours List, Rosie Barnes, former Chief Executive of the CF Trust was awarded an OBE for her services to healthcare.

9 years ago



Consortium Wins Two MFIA Awards

The Consortium was nominated for two awards at the Medical Futures Innovation Awards 2011. At the awards ceremony held in London, our Lentiviral Research Programme was recognised twice by the judging panel. We won Best Therapeutic Innovation in the Respiratory category and also walked off with the highly prestigious MRC Translational Research Award.

9 years ago



New Publication Describes Consortium Mixing Device

A novel mixing device for the reproducible generation of nonviral gene therapy formulations, Davies et al., Biotechniques, 49, 666-668. A new publication by Davies et al, describes the development of a new mixing device to be used in out clinical trial programme.

10 years ago



HGP is 10: the gene therapy challenge.

As we approach the 10th anniversary of the publishing of the draft human genome, Dr Deborah Gill spoke to the Oxford Science Blog about Cystic Fibrosis.

10 years ago



Interview with Dr Deborah Gill in Oxford University Blueprint Magazine

Dr Deborah Gill was interviewed about the Consortium's work for this month's issue of Oxford University's Blueprint Magazine.

11 years ago



Consortium Featured on BBC Radio 4 Trials for Life

The work of the Consortium and our ongoing clinical trial was featured on BBC Radio 4, Trials for Life.

11 years ago




Large scale lentivirus production in suspension culture.


Schematic diagram of the large human airways.


A cake that only some of us got to enjoy!


Mouse lung large airway (cell nuclei blue) transduced with an adenoviral vector (green).