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Tonight we learn about a "Trojan horse" treatment for multiple sclerosis being developed right here in Regina! Plus we will learn about what is being done to combat an infectious disease epidemic in Saskatchewan.
Trojan Horse and MS: Playing little tricks on the immune system
Dr. Josef Buttigieg (Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Regina)
While many consider MS to be a disease that affects the nervous system, at the end of the day it’s really a blood disease. The immune system attacks the nervous system causing neuronal damage which, over time, causes a variety of symptoms. There are no therapies to treat the root cause of the disease. My laboratory has developed an approach to trick the defective immune cells to take up a specific drug. Using our “Trojan horse”, we are able to target the defective immune cells sparing the rest of the immune system. After elimination of these cells, the body is able to heal itself.
Infectious Disease in Saskatchewan
Stuart Skinner, MD (Infectious Disease Specialist)
Dr. Skinner's recent research aims to address the HIV and hepatitis C epidemics in Saskatchewan.