March News & Events
Global Health Repurposing Awardees Announced!

Join us in congratulating the 2017 Global Health Repurposing Awards recipients: Timothy P. Walbert, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Horizon Pharma plc; Berish Rubin, PhD and Sylvia Anderson, PhD, Head and Director, Laboratory for Familial Dysautonomia Research, Fordham University; Dr. Michael Tranfaglia, Medical Director and Co-Founder of FRAXA Research Foundation; and Dr. Lieven Lagae, Director of the Childhood Epilepsy Program at the KUL University Hospitals.
Award recipients will be recognized at the Global Health Repurposing Awards on June 27, 2017 at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Chicago, IL.

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2016 GHRA highlights video

CWR Welcomes Andrés Klein to its Science Advisory Board

We're proud to announce our newest SAB member - Dr. Andrés Klein of the Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine!

Dr. Klein’s research interests include uncovering the genetic and cellular basis of phenotypic variability as a way for identifying novel therapeutic targets for genetic diseases. His work has led to the discovery of potential treatments for two genetic diseases, using FDA-approved drugs.

Upcoming Events
Each year at the Longest Day of Golf, 24-40 players golf from dawn til dusk - sometimes as many as 100 holes - raising money to fund a repurposing clinical trial!

For more details & to register, see our LDOG page.

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CWR in the News
DIA podcast: Good Therapies at a Reasonable Cost

Dr. Bruce Bloom will be chairing a special DIAmond panel discussion titled Drug Repurposing: Where Will It Take Us? at the DIA 2017 Global Annual Meeting. Held in Chicago on June 18-22, the DIA 2017 Annual Meeting brings together health care product development professionals to drive action in health care product development and life cycle management.

Listen to a preview in a podcast with Bruce. 

Dr. Bloom authors article for Pharmaceutical Patent Analyst

There are a number of generic drugs that might be useful in treating tuberculosis, but will they ever get to the patients who need them? They might, but not without a lot of help. There are intellectual property issues, endpoint issues, cost of research issues, economic incentive issues, preclinical validation issues, “who is in charge” issues and many more. It is clear that repurposed generic drugs have the potential to make a safe, effective, quick and affordable impact on a global disease of poverty such as tuberculosis. But without the economic incentives that are usually in place for drug development, can we muster the scientific, economic and governmental support to bring them to the patients? 

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Volunteer Spotlight
GHRA Program Committee

This month we recognize the Global Health Repurposing Awards Program Committee, led by volunteer Robert Lavieri. Robert currently works as a Project Manager within the Vanderbilt Institute of Clinical and Translational Research (VICTR) where he focuses on utilizing the human genetic data contained within BioVU to drive drug discovery, translational research and clinical research projects in a broad range of therapeutic areas including oncology, infectious disease, cardiovascular disease and CNS disorders. 

We thank Robert and the Program Committee for their work in soliciting the GHRA nominees and for their input in the awardee selection process. The committee also helped secure our guest emcee for the evening, Judy Hsu of ABC7 News! 

We are grateful to our entire GHRA Program Committee! 
Adriann Sax, Bhavani Moodabagil,  Dennis Roy, Kathryn Hyer,  Nicolas Gerst, and Robert Lavieri