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Posted on: August 31, 2014

DBAF & DBAC Fund Drug Screening Project

The Diamond Blackfan Anemia Foundation (DBAF), in partnership with DBA Canada (DBAC), is proud to provide a $25,000 grant to Dr. David Bodine for his project, Assay Development and Preliminary Screening of Small Molecules to Increase Ribosomal Protein Levels. David Bodine, PhD, Senior Investigator and Chief, Genetics and Molecular Biology Branch Head, Hematopoiesis Section of the National Human Genome Research Institute explained, “The vast  Continue Reading » Posted in: News, Research
Posted on: August 28, 2014

DBAF Board Member Appointed As Reviewer

Congress has again made funds available to the Department of Defense (DOD) for the Bone Marrow Failure Research Program (BMFRP). The DOD, in turn, is making funds available to scientists around the world with the vision of understanding and curing bone marrow failure diseases. Researchers apply to DOD for support of their research and for research training by submitting an  Continue Reading » Posted in: Families in the News, News, Spotlight Stories
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: May 27, 2014

DBAF Funds New Research

The Diamond Blackfan Anemia Foundation is pleased to announce the funding of another exciting research project. A grant for $35,000 was awarded to Daniel Finley, Ph.D. for his project entitled, “A new mode of ribosome regulation specific to reticulocytes.” Dr. Daniel Finley, a well-established investigator and a professor at Harvard University, is new to the DBA field.  He will be  Continue Reading » Posted in: Misc, News, Research
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