Study to test treatments

Prof Nick Bishop
Prof Nick Bishop
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Children with bone disease brought on by arthritis are being given the hope of new treatment by Sheffield researchers as part of a £100,000 project.

Sheffield Children’s Hospital has become a regional partner for the Arthritis Research UK National Experimental Treatment Centre.

Researchers in Sheffield will test new treatments specifically targeted at youngsters with arthritis-related bone disease, seeking to widen the use of therapies effective in adults but untried in children.

Professor Nick Bishop, director of the hospital’s clinical research facility, said: “This award will help the UK to push forward development of novel therapies and diagnostics for children with inherited and acquired bone diseases, an area where we are already acknowledged to be world-leading.

“The centre will work closely with all those involved in the care of children with musculoskeletal and bone diseases in the UK to improve the quality of life for affected children.”

The children’s hospital and Sheffield University have each invested £50,000 in the trials, which will run for five years.