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Otago biochemists help Cure Kids

Wednesday, 4 October 2017 12:56pm

Cure Kids is supporting research by Department of Biochemistry Scientists Professor Iain Lamont and Dr Stephanie Hughes into diseases caused by genetic anomalies.

Cure Kids is a charity that raises funds for medical research into childhood diseases.

Children with cystic fibrosis, the most common inherited disease, suffer from an excessive build-up of mucus in their lungs, which means they are much more likely to get bacterial infections, particularly nasty bacteria called Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Professor Lamont will study how Pseudomonas behaves in people with cystic fibrosis to develop more targeted treatments for the bacteria in these conditions.

Dr Hughes is testing a new kind of gene therapy in mice with a type of Batten disease. Children who inherit this rare disease gradually lose the ability to walk, talk and feed, eventually leading to premature death. The novel therapy has the potential to eventually help these children.

Find out more about these research projects on the Cure Kids website
Professor Lamont's work on cystic fibrosis
Dr Hughes's work on Batten disease