There was a clear message in today's second plenary at NACFC: no matter what role you play -- physician, scientist, person living with CF, parent, fundraiser, regulator -- it is going to take a tremendous team effort to advance new therapies as fast as possible and eventually find a cure for CF.
The Foundation hosted a small conference that brought together CF scientists, clinical researchers, and biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry representatives. Learn more and watch a short video of attendees sharing their thoughts about the progress we are making in CF research.
The COVID-19 pandemic brought great challenges to cystic fibrosis care. As Michelle Prickett showed during plenary 1 of this year's North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference, CF care teams adapted to provide care and keep us safe. It also shows where CF care may be headed in the future.
After watching the second plenary of the 2021 North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference, I was incredibly impressed by the level of support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is providing to the development of the next generation of therapeutics. Developing genetic therapies -- especially those as complex as gene editing -- will take a long time and a lot of collaboration.
Researchers are exploring treatments that will keep people with cystic fibrosis as healthy as possible until a cure is found. In the first plenary at the NACFC, two CF scientists explain the progress of current research.
Dr. John P. Clancy shares new developments in drugs that restore airway surface liquid in the lungs of people with cystic fibrosis, making it easier to clear mucus.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is funding research into gene editing techniques to see if they can be used to fix the mutations that cause cystic fibrosis. One of the most popular techniques is CRISPR-Cas9. To see how this might work for CF, watch this video.
Ever wonder about an aspect of cystic fibrosis that you would love someone to research? Find out how you can submit a question in our first community-driven research project.
In the third plenary, Dr. Wayne Morgan talked about the connection between cystic fibrosis care and the Patient Registry, and introduced a new way for people with CF, along with their families, to help shape the research conducted using the Registry.
For the first time, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation invited non-CF experts to its annual research conference to meet with CF researchers. The conference -- New Technologies Advancing Toward a One-Time Cure -- in Savannah last month focused on the challenges being faced in gene editing, gene delivery and stem-cell biology and laid the foundation for new collaborations.