CFRI's 1994 Annual Conference was held September 24 and 25, at the Syntex Conference Center in Palo Alto, California. The gathering was attended by over 200 patients, families and friends. Fourteen different speakers gave talks that varied from 30 minutes to one hour in length.
Awards were presented to Dr. John Bartelt and Dr. Giulio Barbero for their contributions and continued dedication to the cause of cystic fibrosis.
Dr. Paul Quinton, Professor of Biomedical Sciences at the University of California, Riverside, was the opening speaker at CFRI's 1994 Conference on Cystic Fibrosis. Dr. Quinton, who is 50 years old and himself has CF, spoke about the basic physiology of cystic fibrosis. He described the basic defect in CF cells as the faulty transport of sodium and chloride ions to the outer surfaces of epithelial cells which are found in organs such as the lungs and the pancreas. Since he movement of water follows the movement of these ions, not enough water gets to the mucus leaving it thick and viscous. Also, CF mucus builds up and obstructs the pancreas, preventing enzymes from reaching the intestines to digest foods. This is why people with CF must undergo physical therapy and take enzyme supplements on a regular basis.
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