Research case studies

Below are links to case studies in which researchers* describe how they use animals in their research and what difference the new Biomedical Sciences Building is making to their work.

Video case study: Dr Liv Hibbitt

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Dr Liv Hibbitt: Developing gene therapy for familial hypercholesterolaemia, a genetic condition that results in high cholesterol levels and typically early death from heart disease.

Dr David Priestman: Understanding and perhaps eventually treating an unnamed disease which causes severe disability and early death.

Dr John Parrington: Finding a treatment for a type of infertility in men, and understanding fundamental cell biology that could have an impact on diabetes, heart disease and immune problems.

Professor David Gaffan: Determining the processes in the brain that result in loss of memory and memory disorder, a very distressing symptom common to many types of dementia and human neurological disease.

Professor Matthew Rushworth: Identifying the brain processes involved in making decisions and taking actions to learn what happens when they work properly and what happens when they go wrong, eg after a stroke or in psychiatric conditions.

Professor Frances Platt: Searching for new treatments for a set of inherited diseases that result in neurodegeneration and early death.

Researcher V: Understanding why the heart fails, as well as the effect of exercise and diet on heart disease and diabetes.

Researcher W: Understanding how the brain develops, both normally and in neurological diseases.

Researcher Y: Use of sensitive behaviour tests to understand memory storage and processing as well as the effect of genetic defects, all of which can inform clinical approaches to human disease and disorders.

Researcher Z: Finding new treatments for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, where currently no treatment is available.

*NOTE: Researchers V, W, Y & Z prefer to remain anonymous.