The new gastroenterology research laboratory was opened at Liverpool University, England, yesterday by Nobel prizewinner Professor Erwin Neher of the Max-Plank Institute, Göttingen, Germany.
The laboratory will provide a new base for Professor Graham Dockray, whose team discovered the link between gastrin and gastric cancer.
Three other major research projects will also be undertaken using state-of-the-art equipment.
Finance for the project came from a joint fund set up by the British government and the Wellcome Trust.
|The British government and the Wellcome Trust have funded the center.
A two-photon microscope has been purchased at a cost of 400,000 pounds sterling and will be used by Professor Ole Petersen to study calcium signalling in the pancreas - with a view to understanding the mechanisms behind acute pancreatitis. It will also be used to study cell death in the pancreas.
Another of the research leaders, Professor Alastair Watson, will be studying radiation-induced cell death in the gut.
He said, "Research in gastrointestinal science will contribute to improved diagnosis and treatment of a number of diseases.
"Cancers of the gastrointestinal tract - bowel, stomach, pancreas, and esophagus - kill more people than any other group of cancers. Severe pancreatitis is fatal in one in four cases."
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