The Gene Therapy Resource Program: A Decade of Dedication to Translational Research by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

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Horae Gene Therapy Center; Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Pulmonology

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Genetics and Genomics | Therapeutics | Translational Medical Research


Over a 10-year period, the Gene Therapy Resource Program (GTRP) of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute has provided a set of core services to investigators to facilitate the clinical translation of gene therapy. These services have included a preclinical (research-grade) vector production core; current Good Manufacturing Practice clinical-grade vector cores for recombinant adeno-associated virus and lentivirus vectors; a pharmacology and toxicology core; and a coordinating center to manage program logistics and to provide regulatory and financial support to early-phase clinical trials. In addition, the GTRP has utilized a Steering Committee and a Scientific Review Board to guide overall progress and effectiveness and to evaluate individual proposals. These resources have been deployed to assist 82 investigators with 172 approved service proposals. These efforts have assisted in clinical trial implementation across a wide range of genetic, cardiac, pulmonary, and blood diseases. Program outcomes and potential future directions of the program are discussed.


adeno-associated virus, clinical trial, gene therapy, lentivirus, preclinical, vector

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Hum Gene Ther Clin Dev. 2017 Dec;28(4):178-186. doi: 10.1089/humc.2017.170. Epub 2017 Nov 27. Link to article on publisher's site

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Human gene therapy. Clinical development

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