Five highlights from the North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference (NACFC)

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Last week the North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference (NACFC) took place online. It is the biggest CF conference in the world, covering everything from better ways to manage symptoms and treatments for CF, to updates on the treatment pipeline and the latest in lab research to develop new treatments. Belinda Cupid, Senior Impact Adviser at the Trust, shares her top five highlights from the Conference. 

Our top five highlights from the Conference

Highlight 1: An update on clinical trials for people with stop/nonsense CFTR mutations unable to benefit from Kaftrio. Studies are ongoing to look at dose and effectiveness of new medicines alone and in combination with other medicines. Watch Plenary 2 to find out more.

Highlight 2: Early results following the ‘real life’ effect of Kaftrio for lung symptoms of CF show the treatment is similar in comparison to the clinical trials, after six months of treatment. This was shown for both the US-based PROMISE study and also in the European RECOVER study. The RECOVER study is part-funded by the CF Trust, alongside the CF Foundation and CF Ireland.

Highlight 3: ‘Theratyping’ methods to assess the best overall treatments for individuals with CF, looking at each person’s individual genetic make-up has helped people with very rare mutations gain access to CFTR modulators, as summarized in Plenary 3. An individual-based approach is being used in the European HIT CF research study, as well as the US-based theratyping studies. 

Highlight 4: The explanation of mind-blowing, lab-based development of genetic therapies for the treatment of all types of CF underway, including a mention of a Trust-funded research programme given in Plenary 2. It covered a range of topics from gene therapy, ‘superexon’ gene editing, to understanding how to get genetic therapies into the CF lung. 

Highlight 5: Treating CF lung infections is still a priority! Looking at the dynamics of how all of the bugs within the CF lung interact with each other will help researchers to understand and treat them. 

All of the plenary talks are available to watch again online via the CF Foundation Facebook page. You can also read the thoughts of the CF community on these plenary sessions in the CF Foundation’s community blog posts.

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic condition which causes sticky mucus to build up in the lungs and digestive system. It affects more than 10,600 people in the UK. One in 25 of us carries the faulty gene that causes it, usually without knowing.

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