Personalized Cystic Fibrosis Therapy and Research Center (PCFC) will promote interdivisional and interdepartmental collaboration in Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator (CFTR)-related research and by focusing on basic research, clinical trials, and translational research.
Cystic Fibrosis results from the absence or dysfunction of the Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator (CFTR) chloride channel. Defects in CFTR are strongly associated with genetic variations in the CFTR gene that are unique to individual CF patients or to subgroups within the CF patient population. Thus, a personalized medicine approach helps customize care to individual CF patients based on the unique molecular and phenotypic characteristics associated with their CFTR gene. This will drive successful therapeutic outcomes and minimize potential adverse effects of chronic therapies. Given that our CF Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center already has an excellent electronic medical record system (EPIC) and a site-specific IRB approved genotype database available for clinical and research use, we intend to leverage these capabilities to develop Personalized Cystic Fibrosis Therapy and Research Center (PCFC) for individual patients to (i) determine his/her susceptibility to a particular form of CF mutation, and ii) take steps to mitigate the early onset of the disease. Finally, the future of CF research offers the potential for a variety of CFTR-targeted therapies (i e., CFTR modulators) to treat the underlying cause of CF, with multiple modulators currently in different stages of development.