11/02/2019 12:00:00 p.m.
Lysosomal storage diseases are inherited genetic defects that result in an enzyme deficiency, which prevents cells from performing their natural recycling function. This leads to progressive physical and/or mental deterioration.
Approximately 180 New Zealand families are currently affected.
Professor Palmer is a leading researcher into Batten Disease, an inherited lysosomal disorder of the nervous system that typically begins in childhood.
The conference brings together scientists, clinicians, carers and families affected by these devastating diseases to discuss the latest advancements in treatments, therapies and management of these very complex conditions.
It is intended to stimulate an interchange of ideas and develop collaborations among the investigators with different approaches and expertise.
There will be presentations on the current state of knowledge of these diseases and workshops for families and affected patients which are designed to foster interaction between investigators and families and to build networks within the Asia Pacific Region.
Professor Palmer said New Zealand is ahead of the rest of the world in research in learning from large animals, particularly diagnosed cases in sheep being pursued at Lincoln, with recent gene therapy studies leading to clinical trials in humans.
Go here for more information; www.ldnz.org.nz/2nd-asia-pacific-lysosomal-conference-2019