For Immediate Release
A COMPONENT OF A HOUSEHOLD SPICE MAY PROVIDE CLUE TO THE
FUTURE TREATMENT OF CYSTIC FIBROSIS
- MAY IS CYSTIC FIBROSIS AWARENESS MONTH IN CANADA -
TORONTO (April 22, 2004) – New research findings, to be published tomorrow in the
influential journal, Science, indicate that curcumin, a component of the common
household spice turmeric, may provide a clue to the future treatment of cystic fibrosis
A team of investigators at Yale University, and at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children,
administered curcumin, orally, to mice that had inherited two copies of the most common
defect (DeltaF508) in the gene responsible for CF. The findings suggest that curcumin, or
its derivatives, may have potential for treating individuals with CF. The research is
funded, in part, by the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CCFF). Background
information is attached.
“This is, of course, preliminary work, and there are lots of ‘ifs’. Still, we are very excited.
We hope very much that persons with CF, eventually, may benefit from these
investigations,” said Dr. Gergely Lukacs, who led the Toronto-based team.
“This news is very encouraging, as every potential new therapy adds to hope for
individuals and families who are affected by CF,” said Cathleen Morrison, Chief
Executive Officer of the CCFF.
“My 14-year-old son battles cystic fibrosis every day. It’s fascinating that a gift that starts
with Mother Nature may hold important secrets that will help treat CF,” said Marylynn
Boyle, a member of the Foundation’s Toronto & District Chapter. “News like this is one
more example of the great work being done by Canadian researchers. This is a wonderful
way to be able to kick off Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month.” More…
May: Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month
Canadians can join the CCFF volunteers and partners in helping find a cure for cystic
fibrosis by participating in community and national events: National Kin-CF Day on May
1st and Zellers Family Walk for CF on May 30th.
May 1 - National Kin