10 Jun 2013

Gene therapy research into prevention of MS myelin damage

PhD student Jie-yu Chung, Department of Immunology, is researching the use of gene therapy to stop MS myelin damage. Jie-Yu won a Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia (MRSA) scholarship a year ago. Working with A/Prof Frank Alderuccio, Jie-yu has successfully introduced genes into immune system B and T stem cells to ensure that they recognised myelin as 'self', and therefore not attack it. The next stage is to identify the particular subset of cells which attack myelin.
See more at http://www.msra.org.au/hijacking-immune-system-treat-ms.

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