Scientist is awarded cash for research

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SCIENTIST Professor Darek Gorecki is hoping his research will help sufferers of muscle diseases.

Professor Gorecki, of the University of Portsmouth, has been awarded more than £150,000 by the Muscular Dystrophy Association USA.

It is the world leading non-profit health agency dedicated to finding treatments for muscle diseases and providing patient and family support.

He and his team aim to find a treatment that would delay the onset and slow down the progression of muscle degeneration in people with Duchene muscular dystrophy, the most common and severe of all muscular dystrophies.

Duchene muscular dystrophy affects one in every 3,500 boys. It is an inherited disease and diagnosed in pre-school children.

He said: ‘I am really pleased we have won this grant.

‘It allows us to continue research based on our original discovery that altered functions of a specific molecule present on dystrophic muscle cells, called P2X7, contribute to the dystrophic muscle damage.’