Dr Brian Kaspar talks in Perth 22 May

Dr Brian Kaspar, Principal Investigator in the Centre for Gene Therapy, The Research Institute, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus Ohio, is coming to Perth to present on Monday 22nd May from 2-3pm at Harry Perkins North in Nedlands.

The title of his talk is “Gene Delivery Translation in Spinal Muscular Atrophy”.

Dr Kaspar’s research focuses on basic and translational studies related to neurological and neuromuscular disorders. The laboratory has strengths in animal models of neurodegenerative and neuromuscular disease, gene delivery, and stem cell biology. A main focus of the Kaspar laboratory is centered on the mechanism(s) of neurodegeneration in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).

Dr Kaspar is working with Dr Jerry Mendell of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio on his SMA work, and Dr Mendell worked with Director Professor Steve Wilton and Professor Sue Fletcher on their therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, approved by the US FDA last year.

Dr Kaspar is also attending the 10th Australasian Gene and Cell Therapy Society Scientific Meeting in Sydney.

For more information please contact Jodie Williamson on jwilliamson@ccg.murdoch.edu.au.