Diabetes

GBMC forms center to hunt for treatments, cure for a rare genetic disease

GBMC forms center to hunt for treatments, cure for a rare genetic disease

Greater Baltimore Medical Center has established the country’s first center for treatment of Alstrom Syndrome, an extremely rare genetic disease that does devastating harm to every system in the body, the Towson hospital announced Friday.

The Maine-based nonprofit support group Alstrom Syndrome International donated an undisclosed amount of funding for the effort, which will mean more people will have access to the specialized care offered by GBMC. It also will mean more research that could translate into treatments for the syndrome and other related ailments such as diabetes and heart disease.

“We have work to do and now we have a place,” said Robert “Robin” P. Marshall,...

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