May 31, 2018
UPCOMING/Recent Talks

Seeing the Light with New FDA Approved Retinal Gene Therapy

with Dr. Jean Bennett & Dr. Albert M. Maguire  
June 12th, 2018. 1 PM EST RSVP
In December 2017, the FDA approved the first gene therapy to treat a genetic disease causing blindness called Luxturna (voretigene neparvovec-rzyl). Initially developed by University of Pennsylvania and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) followed by Spark Therapeutics, Luxturna has been approved for the treatment of patients with inherited retinal disease caused by a mutation in both copies of the RPE65 gene. Mutations in this gene are responsible for early onset blindness from Leber congenital amaurosis, some forms of retinitis pigmentosa, and other conditions. A single injection in each eye has shown to be enough to improve the lost vision for at least 3 years. We are talking to the doctor couple, Dr. Jean Bennett and Dr. Albert M. Maguire, whose work for more than 25 years on congenital blindness led to this ground breaking FDA approval. Join us to learn about the novel therapy, details on treatment procedure and recovery.
Dr. Jean Bennett
Dr. Albert M. Maguire 
Priya Menon
with Dr. Shaji Kumar 
May 10th, 2018. 6PM EST LISTEN
Myeloma patients are definitely living longer. A decade ago the median survival was 3 to 4 years, while now it is in the range of 8 to 10 years. With all the new drugs and treatments that have been approved, it is possible to control the disease for a longer period of time. We are talking to Dr. Shaji Kumar to explore the treatment potential of intervening early in the disease and also touch upon how personalized therapies can help in managing myeloma efficiently.


Dr. Shaji Kumar 
Gary Petersen 
Jack Aiello 
Cynthia Chmielewski 
Priya Menon
with  Dr. Alice Domar
May 7th, 2018. 6PM EST LISTEN
Research shows that our mental state affects the outcomes of treatment in all diseases, including infertility, where it may decrease the chances of conception. Couples dealing with infertility go through immense stress, as the follow up & treatment of infertility itself may cause anxiety & depression. May is Mental Health Awareness Month & we talked to practising psychologist Dr. Alice Domar, a pioneer in the field of mind/body medicine, director of integrative care at Boston IVF & associate professor of reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School. She conducts ground-breaking research which focuses on the relationship between stress and various medical conditions.
Dr. Alice Domar
Shweta Mishra 
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