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1995 Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
1999 Medical Degree, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL
2002 Internal Medicine, University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western University, Cleveland, OH
2005 Allergy/Immunology Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
A clinical trial for a new drug to prevent attacks of hereditary angioedema – a rare disorder characterized by recurrent swelling of tissues in the face, hands, gastrointestinal tract and airway – has had promising results.
One morning in late March, 26-year-old Claire Branman learned that sometimes mothers don’t always know best. This realization came after she visited the allergy testing room on the second floor of Cox – an area of the MGH where patients can walk in with a medical question and walk out about three hours later with a definitive answer.
Clinical trials from two international research teams have shown that icatibant, a new drug that blocks the action of an inflammatory protein known as bradykinin, is safe and effective in treating acute attacks of hereditary angioedema, a potentially life-threatening condition.
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