[07-08-2012 to 28-02-2013]
How Scottish scientists could help 'neglected diseases' in poor nations
Millions of lives across the world could be saved in future thanks to a discovery by experts at the Universities of St Andrews and Edinburgh. The research opens the door to a potentially revolutionary way of treating Sleeping Sickness and childhood brain cancer.
Existing treatments for these illnesses, known as 5-nitrofurans, can for some patients have severe side effects which often force patients to give up the medication.
Now, a joint team of scientists at St Andrews and Edinburgh has discovered the cause of these crippling side-effects, opening a path to creating a new treatment within a few years.
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