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Funding award will lead to more effective MS and Alzheimer's research

Published: 27 April 2010

Development of new device will help scientists in the fight against neurological conditions

Professor Hugh Perry and Dr Tracey Newman of the School of Biological Sciences in Southampton have received funding of £264,000 from the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research.

The project, 'A compartmentalised chamber for the in vitro study and manipulation of axon degeneration', adopts an interdisciplinary approach and will take advantage of the new state-of-the-art clean rooms and nanofabrication centre in the Mountbatten building on the main Highfield Campus.

The development of a device to grow neurons in a controlled environment which mimics aspects of the organisation of brain and spinal cord will help scientists investigate neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimer's Disease more effectively.

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