The unifying theme of the Weill Cornell PEGT is the challenge of adapting the technology of ex vivo and in vivo gene transfer to treat and prevent disorders of heart, lung and blood. This challenge can be met by understanding the biology of gene transfer to cells and experimental animals and applying that understanding the biology of gene transfer to cells and experimental animals and applying that understanding to the design of clinical studies. The Weill Cornel PEGT combines extensive gene therapy core facilities with 6 NIH funded Principal Investigators at Weill Cornell, Memorial-Sloan Kettering, and Evanston Northwestern, with overlapping interests and ongoing collaborations including 2 NIH Program Projects and 5 shared R01 grants. The proposed PEGT comprises 4 pre-clinical projects, 2 clinical projects, 8 cores, and a data management program. The projects include: (1) Genetic Treatment of - thalassemia by lentivirus-mediated transfer of a regulated human-globin gene (M. Sadelain), (2) In vivo expansion, mobilization and recovery of bone marrow-derived stem cells by regional delivery of adenoviral vectors expressing cytokines (S. Rafii), (3) Manipulation of hematopoietic and endothelial stem cell self-renewal and proliferation by adeno- and retroviral gene transfer (M. Moore); (4) Development of a anti-Pseudomonas vaccine using dendritic cells modified to express CD40L and pulsed with Pseudomonas (R. Crystal); (5) retroviral mediated transfer of the glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase gene into human hematopoietic progenitor cells for the treatment of patients with chronic non-spherocytic hemolytic anemia (L. Luzzato), myocardial angiogenesis therapy as an adjunct to off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery (T. Rosengart). The supporting cores include: DNA vector, RNA vector; Stem cell; Analysis; Clinical Operations and Regulatory Affairs; Experimental Animal; Training and Education; Administration; and PEGT Data Management.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Type
Research Project--Cooperative Agreements (U01)
Project #
1U01HL066952-01
Application #
6311941
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZHL1-CSR-C (S2))
Project Start
2000-09-28
Project End
2005-08-31
Budget Start
2000-09-28
Budget End
2001-08-31
Support Year
1
Fiscal Year
2000
Total Cost
$2,791,324
Indirect Cost
Name
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Department
Type
Schools of Medicine
DUNS #
201373169
City
New York
State
NY
Country
United States
Zip Code
10065
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