Lund university

"Breakthrough" may revolutionise treatment

New research from Lund University has produced results that can radically improve medical treatments in several fields, reports Swedish Radio.

Researchers were surprised to discover a new protein, NFAT, that plays a central role in the development of acute pancreatitis, and is also linked to other forms of acute inflammation.

They say this discovery now gives them a clear target -  to develop a medicine that can block this protein. 

Acute pancreatitis affects 9,000 people in Sweden each year, and roughly 1,000 of those affected require intensive care.

"Research on this substance could revolutionize the treatments of many acute diseases", says Henrik Thorlacius, a surgery professor at Lund University.