U.S. funding boost for research team

SCIENTISTS on Wearside have won backing from America for their work to combat a rare genetic condition. Pharmaceutical research being carried out at Sunderland University’s new multi-million pound science complex could hold the key to curing cystinosis.

The Echo told yesterday how 20-year-old Sarah Laing, who has the condition, is praying for a new kidney after her body rejected a donor organ, and she is now on dialysis four times a week.

Now, as a result of ongoing research, the Wearside pharmaceutical scientists have won £80,000 funding from America to carry out a comprehensive three-year study into the disease using the latest research techniques.

The successful bid for funding from the U.S. charity Cystinosis Research Network (CRN) will see Professor Roz Anderson head up a team of academics to learn more about the disease.

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