We are pleased to announce that Dr Francesco Del Galdo (BHRC Senior Translational Research Fellow) has been awarded a £764,000 grant by The European League Against Rheumatism. The 4 year translational research project aims to identify markers of fibrogenesis and vasculopathy in Systemic Sclerosis.
Currently there are no laboratory tests that allow the monitoring of the activity of diseases in Scleroderma as well as other fibrotic conditions. Dr Del Galdo, as coordinator of a consortium of 6 Universities through Europe, has been recently granted a 4 years translational research project aimed to identify markers of fibrogenesis and vasculopathy in Systemic Sclerosis using both proteomics and microRNA identification techniques. The project will be developed through Leeds Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit (LMBRU), a multi-disciplinary, patient-focussed, research group. Activities within the LMBRU are built around the principle that targeted, individualised therapy in appropriately identified patients will result in improved patient care.