Gladstone in the News

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Cell-suicide blocker holds promise as HIV therapy
December 19, 2013

HIV infection causes a mass suicide of immune cells — a process that can be halted by an experimental drug that blocks cellular self-destruction, studies in cell cultures suggest. Researchers are now proposing a clinical trial of the drug in people with HIV.

How HIV Destroys Immune Cells
December 19, 2013

HIV leads to AIDS primarily because the virus destroys essential immune cells called CD4 T cells, but precisely how these cells are killed has not been clear. Two papers published simultaneously today (19 December) in Nature and Science reveal the molecular mechanisms that cause the death of most CD4 T cells in lymphoid tissues, the main reservoir for such cells, during infection.

AIDS Mystery Solved: 2 US Studies Show How HIV Progresses To Final Stage
December 19, 2013

A set of breakthrough studies from U.S. scientists reveals for the first time the fundamental biological mechanism whereby HIV unravels the body’s defenses and causes AIDS, setting the stage for a new generation of sophisticated interventions and preventative treatments.

Does Truvada, The HIV-Prevention Pill, Increase Sexually Risky Behavior?
December 18, 2013

In July 2012, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Truvada, the first and only drug intended to prevent HIV infection. Now, a new study provides more proof that regular use of Truvada (emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) can reduce an individual’s risk of contracting HIV by more than 90 percent. Importantly, the researchers also found that use of the pill does not equate to an increase in risky sexual behavior.

HIV Prevention Pill Truvada Does Not Lead to Sexual Risk-taking
December 18, 2013

The HIV prevention drug Truvada does not increase risky sexual behaviour, scientists have confirmed.

Taking Drug to Prevent HIV Doesn't Seem to Encourage Risk-Taking
December 18, 2013

Should people in danger of contracting HIV because they have risky sex take a pill to prevent infection, or will the medication encourage them to take even more sexual risks? After years of debate on this question, a new international study suggests the medication doesn't lead people to stop using condoms or have more sex with more people.

Taking HIV prevention pill may not encourage risky sex - U.S. study
December 18, 2013

Taking a pill as a preventive measure against HIV infection may not encourage people at high risk for the disease to engage in risky sexual behavior, according to a new U.S. study meant to address fears about its use.

Molecular Sensor Finds Early Signs of Multiple Sclerosis in the Brain
December 11, 2013

Researchers at Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco have created a molecular sensor that can detect multiple sclerosis (MS) early. The method is so precise that MS can be tracked long before disease onset when a patient first presents with symptoms. 

New Approach To Alzheimer's Treatment Offers Hope
December 11, 2013

Health research backer Wellcome Trust awarded Dr. Robert Mahley of the Gladstone Institutes its Seeding Drug Discovery Award on Monday. The $2.5 million grant gives Mahley’s team three years to develop its novel approach to treating Alzheimer’s disease.

Gladstone founder wins grant for new approach to Alzheimer's drug
December 9, 2013

A $2.5 million grant to Gladstone Institutes senior investigator and founder Robert Mahley could help lay a new course toward an Alzheimer's disease treatment.