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Gene For Devastating Kidney Disease Discovered
Date:12/21/2009

dney, then it can return instantly in the transplant and ruin that also."

"It truly is heart-breaking to have to look a child in the eye and know there's currently little that can be done to cure them of this disease," says Henry Brehm, executive director of The NephCure Foundation, which has dedicated over $6 million towards research of FSGS and Nephrotic Syndrome in recent years. "This study shows that the answers are there to be found."

The study abstract can be accessed online at http://www.nature.com/ng/journal/vaop/ncurrent/abs/ng.505.html. Coauthors were Johannes Schlondorff and Daniel Becker of HMS and Brigham and Women's Renal Division, Hiroyasu Tsukaguchi, Andrea Uscinski of Brigham and Women's Renal Division, Henry Higgs of Dartmouth Medical School, and Joel Henderson of Brigham and Women's Department of Pathology.

For more information on FSGS, visit The NephCure Foundation's website (www.nephcure.org).

The study was supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the Clinical Investigator Training Program: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Health Sciences and Technology, Pfizer Inc., Merck and Co., The NephCure Foundation, and the Cole Pasqualucci Nephrotic Syndrome and FSGS Research fund.

Children's Hospital Boston is home to the world's largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center, where its discoveries have benefited both childre
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