MELBOURNE RESEARCHERS HOPE TO EASE CHRONIC PAIN AFTER ENZYME DISCOVERY

Our very own Dr. Nick Christelis in the news after recent discovery.

MELBOURNE researchers are hoping to switch off chronic pain with a range of next-generation drugs following their discovery of an enzyme responsible for feeling continuing agony.

A group of enzymes that become active in animals suffering ongoing pain has been discovered by Monash University scientists, who are now teaming up with doctors at The Alfred hospital to determine if they can stop chronic pain in humans.

Doctors at The Alfred will soon begin taking spinal fluid samples from up to 90 surgery patients suffering pre-existing pain to determine if the proteins, called proteases, are also responsible for pain in humans.

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