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Posted on: August 6, 2014

UPDATE on Dr. Lodish’s Project DBAF and DBAC Provide $95,000

In April 2014 when the DBAF awarded Dr. Harvey Lodish $21,281, the intent was to fill a gap for a few months until Dr. Lodish received government money. Unfortunately, Dr. Lodish was notified that the Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center program had been reorganized and discontinued due to lack of available funding from Congress, leaving him with no funds to  Continue Reading » Posted in: News, Research, Spotlight Stories
Posted on: June 29, 2014

DBAF Funds Another Research Project

The Diamond Blackfan Anemia Foundation is proud to support the very important work of Vijay G. Sankaran, M.D., Ph.D. of Boston Children’s Hospital. The DBAF has provided $36,000 to fund Dr. Sankaran’s research project entitled, Defining GATA1 Transcriptional Alterations in Diamond-Blackfan Anemia. In addition to his clinical responsibilities, Dr. Sankaran is an outstanding investigator and was a leader in the  Continue Reading » Posted in: Misc, News, Research, Spotlight Stories
Posted on: April 29, 2014

DBAF Provides Gap Funding to Keep Project Going

The Diamond Blackfan Anemia Foundation (DBAF) is proud to announce the funding of another important research project. Through the dedication, hard work, and generosity of our families, friends, and supporters, the DBAF was able to award $21,281 to Dr. Harvey Lodish’s project entitled, “High-throughput screening identifies many novel potential therapies for Diamond Blackfan Anemia.”  The esteemed Dr. Lodish provided the  Continue Reading » Posted in: News, Research, Spotlight Stories
Posted on: March 28, 2014

Summary of the 2014 International Consensus Conference from DBAF’s Research Director, Steven Ellis, PhD:

The 13th Diamond Blackfan Anemia International Consensus Conference was held March 8th through the 10th at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in downtown Atlanta, Georgia.  This year’s conference saw a record number of abstracts accepted for presentation as either short talks or posters.  This increased number of abstracts submitted relative to previous years, in part, reflects an increasing number of investigators entering  Continue Reading » Posted in: News, Research, Spotlight Stories
Posted on: December 26, 2013

DBA Gene Therapy Research Funded by DBAF & DBAC

The Diamond Blackfan Anemia Foundation is proud to partner with DBA Canada to fund a novel gene therapy research proposal from Dr. Johnson Liu, MD at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. The $48,210 project is titled, “Repairing Dominant Negative Mutation of RPS19 Gene by Spliceosome-Mediated RNA Trans-Splicing.” This approach takes advantage of the fact that human genes are made  Continue Reading » Posted in: News, Research, Spotlight Stories
Posted on: December 22, 2013

DBAF & DBAC Fund Another Important Research Project

The DBA Foundation is excited to announce the funding of Dr. George Thomas’ research project entitled, “The role of p53 in mediating the anemic response in DBA patients with defects in RPL5 or RPL11.” Thank you to DBA Canada for their joint funding support to make this possible!  The long-term goal of this study is to understand the mechanisms through  Continue Reading » Posted in: News, Research, Spotlight Stories
Posted on: December 12, 2013

DBAF & DBAC at ASH 2013

The Diamond Blackfan Anemia Foundation (DBAF) and Diamond Blackfan Canada (DBAC) proudly represented DBA at the 55th American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting and Exposition held in New Orleans, LA from Dec. 7 – 10, 2013. The event was attended by over 20,000 worldwide hematologists, researchers and other health-related professionals. Visitors to our booth received information regarding DBA clinical  Continue Reading » Posted in: Misc, News, Previous Events, Spotlight Stories
Posted on: November 26, 2013

Congratulations to Johan Flygare, Ragnar Söderberg Fellow in Medicine 2013

We are so proud of Dr. Johan Flygare and bursting with excitement and gratitude! The DBAF has enthusiastically funded numerous of his earlier DBA research projects and this young researcher’s hard work and dedication have been rewarded!  The Ragnar Söderberg Foundation recently announced the Ragnar Söderberg Fellow  in Medicine 2013. Johan Flygare was one of the six scientists who received  Continue Reading » Posted in: News, Research, Spotlight Stories
Posted on: October 3, 2013

DBAF Funds “Our Rare Treasure”

The Diamond Blackfan Anemia Foundation (DBAF) is pleased to support the hard work and research efforts of Steven R. Ellis, Ph.D. at the University of Louisville. Dr. Steve Ellis’ professional and personal commitment to DBA is immeasurable and deeply appreciated. Not only is Steve our dedicated (and unpaid) Research Director, who is working tirelessly behind the scenes, he also writes  Continue Reading » Posted in: News, Research, Spotlight Stories
Posted on: August 15, 2013

DBAF Funds a Novel Idea in Understanding DBA

The Diamond Blackfan Anemia Foundation (DBAF) is pleased to announce the funding of another exciting research project. Dr. Jingping Ge, MD, PhD was awarded a $30,000 grant for her project entitled, “Role of TGF-beta signaling in the pathogenesis of DBA.” Dr. Ge’s preliminary data reveal that TGF-beta inhibits the reprogramming of differentiated cells to induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and even  Continue Reading » Posted in: News, Research, Spotlight Stories