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Lupus Experts Gather at the FDA to Explore Potential for Biomarkers to Accelerate Clinical Trials

Biomarkers, potential indicators to monitor disease progress and treatment success, are among the most challenging and critical areas of lupus research according representatives of industry, academia, government and advocacy attending a U.S. Food and Drug Administration workshop this week. The meeting was convened to focus on the development of biomarkers to predict acute worsening of disease, called a flare, and their potential for accelerating lupus clinical trials and new drug approvals.

CXCL10 is a Negative Prognostic Biomarker of Viral Clearance in Chronic HCV Patients

French researchers recently analyzed chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) patients to identify plasma biomarkers for response to therapy. They identified CXCL10 as a negative prognostic biomarker of viral clearance.

CWRU Dental Researchers Discover Human Beta Defensins-3 Ignite in Oral Cancer Growth

Detecting oral cancer in its earliest stages can save the lives of the nearly 40,500 people diagnosed annually. But early detection has been difficult.

Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine researchers discovered a biomarker, called human beta defensin-3 (hBD-3), which may serve as an early warning. The defensin is present in all oral cancers and associated with the early stages of oral cancer.