Published on April 25, 2011 at 3:22 AM
"Members of families like mine with Familial Pulmonary Fibrosis know we're at risk for the disease. This news demonstrates that our relative risk is dramatically higher," said Deirdre Roney, a member of the CPF board of directors who has lost eight members of her family to PF. "On the other hand, I am excited at learning the results of this important new finding in the genetics of Pulmonary Fibrosis. When you see a whole generation of your family perish from a disease, as I have, and you see that future facing all of your relatives, you desperately hope that discoveries around genetics will be found. Once found, the next hope is that gene therapy will be the family's salvation. My family is deeply grateful to the scientists whose commitment has led to the success of the MUC5B research."
The MUC5B gene is an important finding for all patients with PF, not just people at risk for the genetic version of the disease. The CPF (www.coalitionforpf.org) and the PFF (www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org) partner with National Jewish Health to provide a toll-free PF counseling line. To find out more and to ask questions, please contact the National Jewish Health Genetic Counseling Line at 1-800-423-8891, ext. 1097.
"This is a significant genetic finding in pulmonary fibrosis, one that may be used in the future as a tool to identify individuals at risk, used for earlier detection and more predictable prognosis. This finding increases the genetic knowledge for pulmonary fibrosis that physicians and researchers can utilize to develop new tests and target for therapies" said Janet Talbert, MS, CGC Director or the Familial Pulmonary Fibrosis Genetic Counseling Program at National Jewish Health.
SOURCE Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis