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New treatment for skin disorder

23rd May 2007

Children suffering from a fatal skin disorder will trial a new treatment developed by a research team at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.


The hereditary condition is known as Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) and there are 5,000 people affected by the disorder in the UK.

There is no known cure for the disorder, which makes people affected by EB suffer from very sensitive and easily damaged skin. In the most acute forms of EB, the disorder can be terribly painful and reduce a sufferer's life expectancy.

Children suffering from EB will be asked to visit a centre at the hospital where scientists will try using genetically-modified skin in the treatment of the condition.

The charity Debra has provided the financial support behind the construction and running of the centre. The new Clinical Research building will bring together experts from around the world to investigate possible treatments for EB.

Until recently, people suffering from EB have had to use "skin suits" or bandages in order to ensure that their skin was adequately protected from contamination and damage.

Over recent years, scientists have made significant advances regarding how the treatments might be used to help EB sufferers. Researchers want to cultivate genetically-altered skin and "transplant it back onto children who suffer from EB."

Researchers aim to start trialling the new treatments by 2008.

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