The Oregonian shared it’s “most shared” stories of 2011 and we’re proud to say that some of our breakthroughs are among them.
12 Fetal origins: How adult disease risk takes shape before you are born. Researchers have identified many environmental exposures during fetal development that appear to set the stage for diseases decades later in life. They presented research at an international meeting in Portland this week.
8 Faced with vision loss, Oregon’s Alexe Webb, 6, has experimental gene therapy. Gene therapy may save the eyesight of a 6-year-old Grants Pass girl. A Portland medical center is one of seven in the world conducting clinical trials.
3 An AIDS vaccine developed by Oregon scientists stops infections in an animal model. An HIV vaccine developed at OHSU’s Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute and Oregon National Primate Research Center in Hillsboro quickly stamped out infections in an animal model of AIDS infection, and protection lasted for at least a year.
2 Monkey multiple sclerosis discovered in Oregon suggests virus may cause human disease.The monkey equivalent of multiple sclerosis appears to be caused by a virus. Experts say the discovery could help expedite the search for more effective treatments for people with MS.
Here’s a link to the Oregonian’s full story.