Latest from the Lab
Boyer Lecture 2018
'Life Re-Engineered' Our own Prof. John Rasko AO has delivered the ABC's prestigious Boyer Lectures for 2018 - in which he explains something about the research we are doing into Cell and Gene Therapies. He examines the social and moral impact of these revolutionary...
Cocktail Party 2018
The 2018 Cocktail Party at Luke’s Kitchen was a great success, raising over $25,000 for research into curing inherited and other diseases.
Tree of Hope
Our new ‘Tree of Hope’ represents the hope we have in the future of cell and gene therapy to provide a cure for thousands of inherited diseases – and a way for our donors to show their support. Help Cure The Future by adding new leaves to the tree and help make it grow.
Each new leaf reveals a photo and a dedication to a loved one, a celebration of life or a special event.
International Cell & Gene Therapy Collaboration
A recent visit by Dr Xuiyang Wang from Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York provided some valuable international collaboration in the world of Cell and Gene Therapies, reports Dr. Janet McPherson – from the Lab where Cure The Future invests our donations.
Computer biologist receives research accolade
Dr Ulf Schmitz, a bioinformatician within the Gene & Stem Cell Therapy Program at the Centenary Institute, received a prestigious accolade for his recent published work on novel gene regulation published in the journal Genome Biology.
Message from Chief Executive of NSW Health
Message from the Chief Executive of NSW Sydney Health District congratulating Prof John Rasko OA & his team on the successful results of their gene therapy trial to treat severe Thalassaemia – describing this as “the best ever seen for human gene therapy for Thalassaemia”. Read the full message.
World-first breakthrough for Thalassaemia
Cure the Future are pleased to announce that Prof Rasko & his team at RPA have been part of an international trial – in which gene therapy has been used to successfully treat patients with the inherited blood disorder Thalassaemia. Of 22 patients with severe symptoms treated, 15 no longer require blood transfusions…
Car-T Therapy trials to get $2m Cancer Council funding
In Australia, around 3,300 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year. This devastating cancer carries one of the lowest survival rates. Professor Rasko and his team are trialling a potential new treatment for pancreatic cancer known as CAR T-cell immunotherapy. This type of treatment involves taking a patient’s own immune cells, growing them in a highly specialised clinical laboratory, reprogramming them to attack only cancer cells, and then returning them to the patient.
Cure The Future is proud to have supported researchers at Sydney’s RPA as part of an international team to have developed a gene therapy for the life-threatening blood disorder, haemophilia. The breakthrough, led by Professor John Rasko, is a major milestone in the quest to cure the bleeding disorder and to the possibility of treating over 4000 other genetically inherited diseases.
FDA Approves 2nd Car-T Therapy – for Adult Lymphoma
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved a 2nd cell-based gene therapy, to treat adult patients with certain types of large B-cell lymphoma who have not responded to or who have relapsed after at least two other kinds of treatment. “Today marks another milestone in the development of a whole new scientific paradigm for the treatment of serious diseases” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D.
Cure The Future helps 1st time gene discovery
Your Cure The Future donations have supported a ground-breaking discovery which may help find new treatments for cancer and other diseases. Dr Ulf Schmitz and Centenary Institute’s Gene & Stem Cell Therapy Program, led by Professor John Rasko AO, have – for the first time – discovered a common pattern in the process of gene regulation in humans, mice, dogs, chickens and zebrafish. A better understanding of this common process will help develop novel therapies and possible cures for diseases.
Genetic Testing & Life Insurance
Bioethicists are calling for tighter regulation of the insurance industry when it comes to genetic testing. Researchers say that some Australians have been unable to take out insurance policies because of results contained in their genetic tests. They say this is...
Cell-based Gene Therapy is finally here!
Car-T Therapy has been approved by the FDA in America – the first ever approval of a Cell-based Gene Therapy, which Cure The Future was set up to support. We are delighted that Cell & Gene Therapy is finally approved as a treatment in the USA and remain committed to fund further research to find a cure for the thousands of other diseases we can inherit through our DNA.
Should unproven stem cell therapies be regulated?
For those who are seriously or terminally ill and have no other option, warnings that a treatment is “unproven” or “untested” might not deter them, which has given rise to a growing market for expensive treatments with no scientific backing — particularly in the field of stem cell therapy.
Vice Regal Patronage for Cure The Future
Cure The Future are proud to announce that His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret.), Governor of New South Wales, has granted Vice Regal Patronage to Cure The Future.
Tim Gilbert joins to help Cure The Future
Well-known TV sports personality Tim Gilbert has become an Ambassador for Cure The Future.
Trump plan threatens Australian Drug Safety
Prof. Rasko interview with SMH about how Donald Trump’s plans to change FDA protocol theatens Australian drug safety.
Prof John Rasko warns of US deregulation risks
As Donald Trump tells US Pharmaceuticals that he’s aiming to cut drug regulations “at a level that no-one’s seen before” Prof Rasko joins other leading doctors to warn of the impact on drugs world-wide.
Phil Gould becomes CTF Ambassador
Cure The Future are pleased to announce that Rugby League legend & Penrith Panthers boss Phil Gould AM has agreed to join the Charity as an Ambassador. Phil joins our other ambassadors – Australia’s First Lady Lucy Turnbull OA and world-renowned wine connoisseur Huon Hooke.
Cure The Future held a BBQ for family and friends where they presented Awards for Excellence to Linda Pallot for her work at RPA Hospital and Dr Ulf Schmitz for his work at Centenary Institute.