GLEN ALLEN, Va., Oct. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals, a wholly owned subsidiary of Star Scientific, Inc. (NASDAQ: CIGX) today announced the second presentation of research findings related to its Anatabloc™ dietary supplement. A poster presentation, titled "Anatabine, a Tobacco Alkaloid, Ameliorates Disease in a Mouse Model of Thyroiditis", was made at the 81st annual meeting of the American Thyroid Association in Indian Wells, CA. The four authors, all researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, included Paul W. Ladenson, MD and Patrizio Caturegli, MD. The presentation described the positive effect of anatabine supplementation in decreasing the incidence and severity of thyroiditis in animal models of the human disease. Anatabine is an alkaloid found in plants in the Solinacea family, such as green peppers, green tomatoes and eggplant.
Rock Creek also commented that research underlying the October 27 presentation has been one of the topics at three recent medical conferences hosted by the company for physicians and allied healthcare practitioners. The first, held on October 18 in Richmond, VA featured presentations by Drs. Ladenson and Caturegli on their experimental research on autoimmune thyroiditis, followed by discussion. Michael Mullan, MD, Ph.D., CEO of the Roskamp Institute, also presented on his research on anatabine in mouse models of Alzheimer's disease, which was published recently in the European Journal of Pharmacology.
Two other conferences have been held during the past week: the second conference was hosted in Flint, Michigan on October 22. Dale Wilson, MD, one of the principal investigators in the clinical trial being conducted in the Flint area, summarized the design of the ongoing study in Michigan after presentations on the research described above. There also was general discussion of the safety profile of anatabine, the presumed mechanism of action, and ongoing clinical research. The third conference, held October 27 in Newport Beach, California, also summarized the research to date, the status of the ongoing human studies, and the emerging safety profile of Anatabloc™. Approximately 150 physicians and allied health practitioners from southern California attended this conference.
Curtis Wright, MD, MPH, Senior Medical Officer for Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals said, "The response to Anatabloc from the healthcare community has been quite positive, as evidenced by robust participation in question-and-answer sessions during the conferences. In addition, requests for samples, products and research support are increasing. The research presentations make clear that exciting potentials lie ahead as we continue to explore the relationship between anatabine and inflammation."
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Star Scientific is a technology-oriented company with a mission to reduce the harm associated with tobacco at every level. It is engaged in the development of dissolvable smokeless tobacco products that deliver fewer carcinogenic toxins, principally through the utilization of the innovative StarCured® tobacco curing technology. Its subsidiary, Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals, Inc., is involved in the development of nutraceuticals as well as products to address neurological and mood disorders. Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals has scientific and research offices in Gloucester, MA, and a regulatory office in Washington, D.C. Star Scientific has a Corporate and Sales Office in Glen Allen, VA, an Executive, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs office in Bethesda, MD, and a manufacturing facility in Chase City, VA.
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