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Therapeutic Strategies


Developing Adeno-Associated Virus (AAV) Mediated Gene Therapy

Dr. Gao’s lab is undertaking two strategies to develop treatments for Canavan disease. First, the lab is actively involved in developing adeno-associated virus (AAV) vector-mediated gene therapy strategies to deliver the AspA gene. Second, they are aiming to understand how aspartoacylase malfunction, or the resulting increase in a compound called N-acetyl-L-aspartic acid, cause extensive brain destruction.


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Canavan Disease Investigator

Guangping Gao, Ph.D.

Guangping Gao, PhD

Co-Director, Li Weibo Institute for Rare Diseases Research, Director, Horae Gene Therapy Center and Viral Vector Core, Professor of microbiology and physiological systems, Penelope Booth Rockwell Professor in biomedical Research

Gao Lab

Clinical Trials

At the Li Weibo Institute for Rare Diseases Research, our researchers and clinicians are dedicated to finding new treatment options for patients. Our clinical trials program is another way we continue to advance treatments and make new discoveries. If you or someone you know may be interested in a clinical trial, please subscribe for updates and you will be notified when we open up a new trial.


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