Scientists develop groundbreaking treatment for Parkinson's
Gene therapy could change lives of patients
- Duration 4:16
- Date Apr 14, 2012
Gene therapy could change lives of patients
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A possible new hope today for parkinson's patients.
Scientists developing a revolutionary new treatment for the debilitating disease level we can give me this information that you probably know someone who has said.
And this involves just one single injection to the brain.
What does it do doctor -- -- a member of -- Fox -- that eight team.
And the vice chair of the urology department at New York's mount Sinai hospital doc good to see you -- to -- you book if I I know you looked into this extensively because this is something that affects so many people.
Is this a miracle cure.
Well we think that this is.
A really nice ground breaking news coming -- UK and there are starting to do this kind of experimented Oxford.
What's exciting about this is that parkinson's and -- right now it's affecting over four million people all over the world.
-- -- next two decades the numbers are gonna go up to about nine million some grad that this is really coming to -- it to the surface now.
Parkinson's we all have seen and some friends or relatives that has this kind of tremor on one side that progressively gets more so over the years.
They have these rigid movements and have difficulty initiating the movement so.
It really affects their quality of life.
And in the past.
You can see the tremors on this in the past we've been treating asthma medications called him there in the volatile -- and the issue here is the fact that this.
And none of dole coming in their brain is really much.
The new exciting treatment that we have now is that this -- has has actually taken the virus it's a stripped virus that put into gene.
Responsible to create -- -- -- but don't put me.
Another inserting it straight into the deep part of have been the brain called destroy -- -- -- she's very very exciting and over time.
These enzymes can actually create the hormones called -- I mean again.
Hence that's going to really small without.
All of their movements it's going to -- -- -- of many cases they need and you can see for the first time patients like this are able to have.
He's kind of fine movements and be able to right which is really really excited Anderson -- that.
Woman was able to write something for the first time and put pen to Paper for the first time in more than a decade so it really is quite remarkable how how does this compare doctor.
To deep brain stimulation.
Which we have seen in the past where electrodes are inserted in the civil area not the same area of the brain.
To try to produced a well I think they take excellent question I think that's involves a real surgery and it's a little more complicated.
And unfortunately we haven't seen really good outcome as a result of that while that improved some of the symptoms.
This it to be promising -- problem that we have right now is that wild animal studies.
Are excellent we only have done this.
In fifteen patients either offense Oxford and there's more more -- -- that we need but I think by ejecting it indeed sensitive part of the brain.
Now you're starting to regenerate.
That part of the brain that actually gives the -- transmitters and -- mean.
And and that's going to be the change I'm very excited about this because it's more as sensitive and you can see the deep part of the brain call destroy data.
You're working on them well -- pro level and this kind of bio engineered by the way John is the future of medicine.
And we hope that we can bring this to to America for that that was my question when do you think it may come here even in clinical trial I think hopefully -- -- any of these would take about five to seven years but I want to mention the name of the actual treatment which is called.
-- -- did so for anyone was interest -- -- called.
Pro Sabine PR OS ABI and and and more more people can -- -- it.
Hopefully in the near future will bring you bigger studies -- better news exited to see the results in particular and that one woman that they truly are -- -- but.
You're dealing with the virus here is you said that you've you take the genetic material out of a virus that would cause disease and you put in.
This other thing which prepares a gene or injects a gene but there there's are there any risks with a viral vector particularly deep into the heart of the brain.
Yes I think it's another good question here these viruses are all stripped down.
Meaning that the risk of getting any country fixes from these viruses are minimum.
We use this kind of actors all the time and I -- research so I don't think these days any concern about that.
Very exciting news for people another effect of a park it's a very exciting a lot of young people to doctor thank you see tomorrow thank you house call -- already --