This research was completed on 13 September 2003
|Project Leader||Dr Donald M Salter, MD, FRC.Path, Dr Sarah J Millward-Sadler, PhD and Dr Malcolm O Wright, FRCS, FDSRCS|
|Location||Department of Pathology and Department of Biomedical Science, University of Edinburgh.|
|Grant awarded||26 October 2000|
|Start date||14 April 2001|
|End date||13 September 2003|
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