So yesterday I covered the key points in the speech given by Myaware’s CEO Ruth Inglew. Today I wanted to look at the research she mentioned.
Nearly £1 million from the charity has been spent on funding research over the last nine years. While this doesn’t sound like a huge number, around £110,000 a year, it is being used to fund some interesting projects.
Read all of the blogs about the Myaware Young People’s conference 2015.
Some of the research that is being funded currently is:
- A self assessment tool which gives you a medically accurate score to give your consultant and that you can track over time – I wrote about this research trial here when I thought I might be able to take part in it.
- The University Hospital Southampton is looking at why it takes aziathioprine so long to work (6+ months) and if there are any early indicators to show it won’t work.
- Moorfields hospital in London are looking at ocular myasthenia gravis (OMG) and signs of people who are likely to develop generalised MG.
- In Oxford, there is work being undertaken to look at existing medication to see if any could be remodelled for use on myasthenia gravis. This is what happened with salbutamol – a drug used for people with asthma which was repurposed for those with congenital myasthenia gravis.
There is some interesting research in that list with a mix of trials for new arrivals to the myasthenia world (aziathioprine/OMG) and also for those who have been in the club for a while now (self assessment/drug remodelling).
Is there anything MG-related that you would like to see researched?