Doctors at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital are to carry out pioneering research which could eventually lead to new treatments for spinal curvature thanks to Action Research.
The leading medical research charity has awarded a grant of over £37,000 to enable doctors to look at the causes of a rare condition `spondylocostal dysostosis’ which is associated with grossly misshapen vertebrae and short stature.
Doctor Peter Turnpenny and his team hope to identify the genes causing these deformities which should greatly increase our knowledge about both normal and abnormal spinal development.
Commenting about the research, Dr Turnpenny said: ``This work may eventually lead to new treatments for people born with spinal deformities and other conditions where spinal curvature, like scoliosis, occurs.’’
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