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Launch of Genegraft project 





March 4th, 2011: The GENEGRAFT project ( was officially launched on March 4th 2011, in Paris (France). GENEGRAFT is a cooperative European research project coordinated by Prof. Alain Hovnanian, head of Genetic skin diseases: molecular bases and therapeutic approaches team at the Institut National de la Santé et recherche médicale (INSERM) U781 (Hôpital Necker Enfants Malades, Paris, France). GENEGRAFT benefits of the expertise of 6 partners from 3 European countries involved in gene therapy and clinical trial design for many years and who will work together over 60 months.

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EBGen: Study of Immune Tolerance and Capacity for Wound Healing of Patients With Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa (RDEB)

Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa (RDEB) is one of the most severe rare inherited skin disorders affecting children and adults. Current medical care protocols for RDEB patients are limited to palliative procedures to treat blistering and erosive lesions, wounds, and severe local and systemic complications such as fusion and contracture of the digits, skin cancer, esophageal stricture, severe anemia, infections, malnutrition and growth retardation. However, current medical treatments still cannot prevent the recurrence of the lesions arising from defective expression of type VII collagen (COL7A1), the main constituent of anchoring fibrils which form essential structures for dermal-epidermal adherence.

The purpose of EBGen study is to investigate the capacity of keratinocytes and fibroblasts to repair skin wounds in patients suffering from Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa (RDEB).


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