David A. Stevenson

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Skeletal anomalies are observed in neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), but the pathogenesis is unknown. Given that muscle mass is important in the development of the strength of bone, peripheral quantitative computed tomography (pQCT) was utilized to compare measurements of muscle compartments between NF1 individuals and controls. Forty individuals with NF1(More)
There is tremendous potential for genome sequencing to improve clinical diagnosis and care once it becomes routinely accessible, but this will require formalizing research methods into clinical best practices in the areas of sequence data generation, analysis, interpretation and reporting. The CLARITY Challenge was designed to spur convergence in methods(More)
A new 5-HT1A receptor antagonist ligand, [3H]p-MPPF, 4-(2'-methoxy-)-phenyl-1-[2'-(N-2"-pyridyl)-p-fluorobenzamido] ethyl-piperazine, was prepared and characterized. It demonstrated high affinity and selectivity toward 5-HT1A receptors (Kd = 0.34 +/- 0.12 nM and Bmax = 145 +/- 35 fmol/mg protein in rat hippocampal membrane homogenates). The binding is not(More)
BACKGROUND Port-wine stains (PWS) are capillary malformations, typically located in the dermis of the head and neck, affecting 0.3% of the population. Current theories suggest that port-wine stains are caused by somatic mutations that disrupt vascular development. OBJECTIVES Understanding PWS genetic determinants could provide insight into new treatments.(More)
Technetium-99m is the most commonly used radionuclide in routine nuclear medicine imaging procedures. Development of 99mTc-labeled receptor-specific imaging agents for studying the central nervous system is potentially useful for evaluation of brain function in normal and disease states. A novel 99mTc-labeled tropane derivative, [99mTc]TRODAT-1, which is(More)
The in vivo imaging of a novel iodinated phenylpiperazine derivative for 5-HT1A receptors, [123I]p-MPPI (4-(2'-methoxy-)phenyl-1-[2'-(n-2"-pyridinyl)-p-iodobenzamido-] ethyl-piperazine), using single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), was evaluated in nonhuman primates. After an i.v. injection, [123I]p-MPPI penetrated the blood-brain barrier(More)
rational development of new diagnostic or prognostic tumour markers and the identification of novel cellular targets for anti-cancer chemotherapy relies on a more definitive understanding of tumour biology. Classical approaches using cellular pharma-cology, and more recently molecular pharmacology, have led to the discovery of a number of growth factors and(More)
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a leading cause of cancer death and the mechanism for variable outcome in this disease is not yet fully understood. It is hypothesized that differences in the genetic make-up of tumours may be partially responsible for the differences observed in survival among same staged individuals for this disease. In this study the tumour(More)
Identifying modifiers of glioma risk in patients with type I neurofibromatosis (NF1) could help support personalized tumor surveillance, advance understanding of gliomagenesis, and potentially identify novel therapeutic targets. Here, we report genetic polymorphisms in the human adenylate cyclase gene adenylate cyclase 8 (ADCY8) that correlate with glioma(More)
Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) is a vascular dysplasia characterized by telangiectases and arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) in particular locations described in consensus clinical diagnostic criteria published in 2000. Two genes in the transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β) signaling pathway, ENG and ACVRL1, were discovered almost two(More)