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Tag: Immune System

Jayakrishna Ambati, MD, and Nagaraj Kerur, PhD, have discovered the trigger for the damaging inflammation that causes macular degeneration.
New Hope in the Battle Against Macular Degeneration
December 1, 2017

Macular degeneration robs millions of people of their sight, and now we know what triggers the inflammation that causes it. That raises the exciting possibility we can stop it. Our Jayakrishna Ambati, MD, (at left in the picture) and Nagaraj Kerur, PhD, have identified a specific enzyme that triggers the…

Dr. David Brenin (left) and Dr. Patrick Dillon are investigating the potential of focused ultrasound and immunotherapy to battle metastatic breast cancer.
Focused Ultrasound and Breast Cancer: The 1st Trial of Its Kind
November 13, 2017

In the focused ultrasound trials I've told you about previously, the point has been to use the scalpel-free surgery to destroy tissue. Our latest trial -- for metastatic breast cancer -- puts an interesting twist on that. In this trial, the focused ultrasound isn't used in an attempt to burn…