Restoring lung and heart function

lungs  Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

The scientists at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute have completed a first: they have used a patient’s own cells (autologous cell gene therapy) in a trial for the treatment of pulmonary hypertension, a fatal disease, which affects the lungs’ functioning. Gene therapy can restore the function of a crucial enzyme found in diseased lungs. A similar trial for the treatment of a specific type of heart disease (ischematic) has also been initiated.

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