GKA Blog

What’s the history behind Cystic Fibrosis?

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a disease with an unusual history. In the past, the condition was often diagnosed by mothers who noticed their baby’s skin tasted salty when kissed, a symptom scientists used to develop the first diagnostic test in the later 20th century.


The first modern description of CF was made by Dr Dorothy Andersen, a pathologist in New York, in the 1930s, and the gene responsible for this inherited disease was identified some 50 years later in 1985.

Cystic Fibrosis is a very well researched area and often a hot topic in the healthcare market research industry. For more about Cystic Fibrosis and to read more about how GKA can help, click here to download our therapy area guide.

Our response to COVID-19GKA continues to operate with some important changes

Although we've all been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, GKA wants to assure you that our team is fully operational and here to support our valued partners with their medical market research as we all adapt and find new ways to progress forward.

Clearly these are challenging times but, from the most recent research we carried out with our own panel of healthcare professionals, things are beginning to improve with indications being that all forms of medical market research, including face-to-face, will be achievable in the not-too-distant future. 

If you’d like the results of that research, or we can support you in any way at the moment, please contact us at quotes@gilliankenny.com. We’re here and ready to help.