A LECTURE that explores the use of drugs for purposes other than the one for which they were developed is taking place at the University of Portsmouth.
Janis Shute, professor of respiratory pharmacology, will be talking about her research into drugs that have potentially useful therapeutic effects beyond those for which they are routinely prescribed.
She is currently investigating the properties of tobramycin, an antibiotic, which she discovered when mixed with copper,has anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and potentially ‘mucus-thinning’ properties.
She said: ‘This might explain why patients with cystic fibrosis who use inhaled tobramycin do well even when the infection in the lungs is relatively resistant to the antibiotic effects of tobramycin.’
The lecture is tomorrow at 6pm at the Richmond Building in Portland Street.