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On November 22, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Hemgenix (etranacogene dezaparvovec), an adeno-associated virus (AAV) vector-based gene therapy. It is approved for the treatment of adults with hemophilia B who currently use factor IX (FIX) prophylaxis therapy, or have current or historical life-threatening hemorrhage, or have repeated, serious spontaneous bleeding episodes.

Historically, many residential substance use disorder (SUD) facilities have denied admittance to individuals with bleeding disorders – the basis of these denials are most often the use of self-administered, intravenous medications such a as factor replacement therapies. The lack of access to residential addiction treatment facilities, can have very serious, even fatal outcomes for bleeding disorder (BD) patients in acute need of help with their addiction.

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Currently, there are over 167.5 million women (including individuals who identify as women or have the propensity to menstruate) living in the U.S. An estimated 3% of them are living with a diagnosed inheritable blood or bleeding disorder – and certainly many more are living their daily lives with pain and bleeding but are undiagnosed. Recent changes in access to women and girls’ health care are likely to have detrimental effects for the blood and bleeding disorders community.

Back Again! The Annual Red Tie Soiree Returns to Honor Community Members in San Francisco

On October 15, the Red Tie Soiree, a yearly gala hosted by the National Hemophilia Foundation, was held in-person for the first time in three years. The community event was held for the first-time on the West Coast, welcoming guests to the historic Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco.

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

My name is Dr. Lacramioara Ivanciu; I’m a resident assistant professor of pediatrics in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2010, when I was a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Rodney Camire’s laboratory, I was awarded NHF’s Judith Graham Pool Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.

Wonderful! What did your research focus on?

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I’m Dr. Jyoti Mathur. From 2007 to 2009, I was a fellow with the Judith Graham Pool Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. When I was selected for the fellowship, I was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford Medical School.

What did your research focus on?

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

Hi! My name is Dr. Laura Haynes, and I work at the Life Sciences Institute at the University of Michigan as a research investigator. I learned about the JGP Fellowship through mentors and colleagues and in 2018, I was granted fellowship.

What did your research focus on?

My work focused on the protein engineering of Plasminogen Activator 1 to develop novel regulators of the fibrinolytic and hemostatic pathways.

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

My name is Dr. Semma Patel. I’m an assistant professor at Emory University. I became a JGP Fellow in 2019, when I was working at Emory as an associate academic research scientist. I had learned about the program from my mentor.

What was the focus of your research?

My project investigated the epitopes recognized in the early immune response to Factor VIII.

How did the JGP Fellowship support your research at the time?

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I’m Dr. Lisa Smith Webb and I am an associate professor of molecular biology and chemistry at Christopher Newport University. And along with being a Better You Know advocate and member of the bleeding disorder community, I’m a proud past JGP fellow! I was a fellow from 2002 to 2004.

How did you hear about the JGP Fellowship? Had you heard of Judith Graham Pool prior to the fellowship?

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I’m Dr. Satish Nandakumar; I am an assistant professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. I was awarded the Judith Graham Pool Postdoctoral Research Fellowship when I was working as a postdoctoral fellow in 2017. Before that, I completed my graduate work at St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

How did you hear about the JGP Fellowship?

My mentor told me about the fellowship and the opportunities it could provide my work.

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I’m Dr. Sean Quinn; I became a JGP fellow back in 2021. Currently, I’m a postdoctoral research fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. I heard about the JGP Fellowship from my faculty mentor and other researchers at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia who applied for the fellowship.

What does your research focus on?

My research examines antibody-mediated FV/FVa resistance as a therapeutic approach for hemophilia.

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

Ok! My name is Dr. Kaushik Das, and I’m a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. I graduated from the University of Calcutta, India and completed my doctoral studies at Association for the Cultivation of Science, India. After learning about the JGP Fellowship, I became a fellow with the program in 2022.

What is the focus of your research?

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I’m Dr. Xuejie Chen! I earned my PhD degree in cell biology from Beijing Normal University, P. R. China. Before becoming a research associate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I was a postdoctoral research fellow in laboratory of Dr. Darrel Stafford. In 2020, I was honored to receive a JGP fellowship to pursue research in the field of hematology.

What did your research focus on?

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I’m Dr. Vishal Srivastava, and I am a JGP fellow currently working in Dr. Bin Zhang's lab at the Genomic Medicine Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. I learned about the program through my principal investigator, who received this award previously.

What does your research focus on?

I’m studying the rescue of FVIII mutant expression by translational and post-translational modulation using small molecule therapy.

Biomarin recently provided an “Update for the Hemophilia Community,” on the ongoing clinical trial program for its investigational hemophilia A gene therapy, valoctocogene roxaparvovec. It comprises a brief overview of current clinical studies, including a phase 1/2 trial in which 15 participants received a one-time administration of valoctocogene roxaparvovec at one of two dose levels – these individuals are in long-term follow up.

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Meet NHF's Vice President of Research Strategy, Michelle Witkop! Michelle took her passion for pain management and impactful work and joined NHF. She continues to be a vital part of the NHF community and assisting families and patients. Learn more about her role at NHF and her time working with the community!

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Pfizer and Sangamo have announced that recruitment has re-opened for the phase 3 AFFINE study for the investigational gene therapy giroctocogene fitelparvovec. This clinical study is evaluating the efficacy and safety of a single infusion of giroctocogene fitelparvovec in more than 60 adult (ages 18-64 years) participants with moderately severe to severe hemophilia A.

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Upcoming topics include emerging research, key political issues, and more.

 

Patti joined NHF’s team after becoming a member of NYLI in 2018. Learn more about her experience!

Joseph expanded his role at his local NHF chapter with the skills he learned through NYLI. Learn more about his journey!

Dejah uses her NYLI experience to lead others as she pursues her master’s degree in biology. Learn about her story here!

This week, a Peoria Illinois jury awarded reputation-related damages in favor of Dr. Osvaldo Wesly and against the National Hemophilia Foundation. The claim stems from an incident dating back to 2014. Our attorneys plan to appeal the  decision.

NHF has a bright future; we refuse to let inherited challenges overshadow the present and critical mission we are committed to each and every day.

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