Researchers are working toward a medical breakthrough to better identify individuals who are at highest risk for becoming diabetic
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/26/2012 -- Over $1 million in government research project funding was given to the University of Canterbury (UC) to discover faster methods of GPs. The hope is that such a breakthrough will help identify those who are at high risk of becoming diabetic.
The need for such a breakthrough is becoming more prevalent as 346 million people suffer from the disease worldwide, says the World Health Organization.
UC researcher, Professor Juliet Gerrard, noted that diabetes could absorb 15% of New Zealand’s budget. The reason is not merely the treatment of the disease, but also the many associated symptoms. Side effects of the disease include high blood pressure, renal damage, limb amputation, and loss of eyesight.
“Current blood tests can tell a GP that a diabetic is struggling to manage their sugar levels. Our new testing method has the potential to identify those patients for whom this will be a particular problem in terms of diabetic complications. It will identify those at most risk,’’ said Gerrard.
“Early detection of diabetic complications is imperative as diabetes is a growing public health challenge with enormous social and economic consequences.” Gerrard said. Adding, “We would expect it will take five years of research and development to get the product to market.’’
UC is working alongside the Canterbury Scientific Ltd., a company involved in distribution products for international diagnostic companies.
The UC Biomolecular Interaction Center will know whether their new product will be worthy of usage by 2014. A successful product and the collaboration with the CSL could result in more cost-effective disbursement and of the effective tool.
“We will use world-leading science to explore a smart idea in collaboration with industry. The team led by Dr. Dobson has a creative, innovative approach to solve an important problem in diabetic management. The project will synthesize and test a set of exciting molecules that are difficult to make,’’ Professor Gerrard said.
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