Solving the Puzzle

Solving the Puzzle in Boston

About the NIH

Tony will be participating in a study of dyskeratosis congenita funded by America’s National Institutes of Health. The NIH funds more than 30 Billion dollars of medical research a year, making it the largest source of funding for medical research in the world.  300,000 researchers around the planet are funded by the NIH. Because of NIH research, we have vaccines protecting people from flu, shingles and meningitis. Because of NIH research, survival from the most common childhood leukemia is now 90 percent. Because of NIH research, effective medicines and lifestyle changes have slashed rates of heart disease and stroke.  Scientists funded by the NIH have discovered breakthroughs in AIDS treatment, the development of artificial skin for burn survivors, sequencing of the human genome, medicines to block mother to child HIV transmission,  effective therapies to treat depression and more.  Even the development of home pregnancy tests was funded by the NIH.   The NIH is in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C. Its huge campus is home to 6000 scientists who work in the NIH labs.

Tony will be working with the IBMFS research group of rare genetic blood disorders. With DC the blood problems include: Anemia, Leukopenia and Thrombocytopenia .People with an IBMFS also have a very high risk of developing a preleukemic condition called myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), acute myeloid leukemia (AML), or solid tumors. They are studying the types, patterns, and causes of development of cancer in families with an IBMFS. The overall goal is to better describe these disorders and their genetic causes, and to understand the relationship between clinical, genetic and laboratory findings, and the development of leukemia and solid tumors. These advances will improve health care for patients with these conditions. You can view more detailed information about this clinical research project at the study Web site: www.marrowfailure.cancer.gov

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