Ectodermal dysplasias affecting the skin, hair, teeth and nails
This research was completed on 30 September 2002
|Project Leader||Dr John A McGrath MD FRCP|
|Location||Department of Cell and Molecular Pathology, St Thomas' Hospital, Kings College London.|
|Grant awarded||13 July 2000|
|Start date||1 October 2000|
|End date||30 September 2002|
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