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Professor Graham Le Gros: Hookworms could have huge potential for health

Publish Date
Wed, 24 Jul 2019, 5:17PM
hookworm therapy could help millions

Professor Graham Le Gros: Hookworms could have huge potential for health

Publish Date
Wed, 24 Jul 2019, 5:17PM

In a first of its kind, the Malaghan Institute has sought healthy volunteers to take part in a clinical trial designed to explore the therapeutic potential of human hookworms.

 

Funded by the Health Research Council, and in collaboration with the University of Otago Wellington, the trial’s ultimate aim is to find better treatment options for a range of inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, including coeliac, asthma, allergy, MS and inflammatory bowel disease.

 

Director of the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research Professor Graham Le Gros told Simon and Phil the potential for better health outcomes for many people suffering these illnesses is huge. 

 

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