Breakthroughs Blog

City of Hope has so many breakthroughs in cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS - and so many stories - that we've tailored our blog, Breakthroughs, to provide something for every reader. Whether the breakthroughs are about medical research, treatment advances or personal triumphs, they're all connected.

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City of Hope’s Alpha Clinic Plots ‘the Future of Nursing’

November 3, 2017 | Wayne Lewis

According to a new paper in Stem Cells Translational Medicine, the authors identify the role of a nurse qualified in both patient care and research protocols, the so-called “hybrid nurse” — a homegrown City of Hope innovation — as an important component of their success in the development of the Alpha Clinic.

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World AIDS Day: HIV Control – If Not a Cure – Within Sight

December 1, 2016 | Samantha Bonar

There has been great progress made in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and continued efforts to end this global epidemic. Advances, such as anti-retroviral therapy, have revolutionized HIV treatment. Now, researchers are edging closer to the ultimate goal: a cure.

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John Zaia
Gene therapy makes a potent weapon against against AIDS, cancer and more

August 11, 2016 | Jay Fernandez

This past year, leading-edge gene therapy has continued to take bold steps out of the laboratory and into the realm of potentially lifesaving treatments.

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Gene therapy update: Potent weapons against AIDS, cancer and more

August 11, 2016 | City of Hope

In the past year, leading-edge gene therapy – the process of fighting lethal illnesses by manipulating their mechanisms at the cellular level – has continued to take bold steps out of the laboratory and into the realm of potentially life-saving treatments.

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Aaron Kim
Re-engineering stem cells to eradicate HIV in lifelong sufferer

April 19, 2016 | Letisia Marquez

Aaron Kim is the first HIV patient treated as part of a new City of Hope clinical trial that will determine if a patient’s own genetically engineered bone marrow cells can safely be used to treat HIV.

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John Zaia, M.D.
Stem cell study could bring us closer to a “functional” HIV cure

December 1, 2015 | Abe Rosenberg

“We could see a functional cure for HIV in the next 5-10 years,” predicts John Zaia, M.D., a world-renowned genetic researcher and Director of the Center for Gene Therapy at City of Hope's Hematologic Malignancies and Stem Cell Transplantation Institute.

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Stem cell therapy clinic will fight incurable disease in new ways

March 19, 2015 | Nicole White

In the field of cancer, patients have had surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy as options. Now, as City of Hope officially opens the Alpha Clinic for Cellular Therapy and Innovation, patients battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases have another option: stem-cell-based therapy.

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Curing HIV is the goal. New stem cell clinical trial could get us there

March 5, 2015 | Nicole White

Curing HIV, not simply controlling its replication, is the ultimate goal of HIV researchers. A new clinical trial at City of Hope could put that goal within reach. The trial will test an innovative new therapy that modifies the stem cells of patients with HIV to make them resistant to infection with the virus.

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