Published: 7 March 2023 at 13:00
Researcher presented work on repurposing anti-fungal drugs to prevent scarring
A researcher at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) is calling for the removal of barriers preventing anti-fungal drugs being repurposed to prevent severe scarring after burns injuries, and presented her research in Parliament yesterday (March 6).
Dr Alice Lapthorn, 26, a Research Fellow in the Fibrosis Research Group at ARU, attended Parliament to present her biosciences research to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of STEM for BRITAIN on Monday.
The research, which looked at how a class of anti-fungals (called hydroxypyridones) could be repurposed for preventing severe scarring after burn injury was judged against dozens of other scientists’ research in the only national competition of its kind.
Dr Lapthorn, who is from Chelmsford, was shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to appear in Parliament, and her research was entered into the biosciences session of the competition.
Dr Lapthorn said:
“I am honoured to have been chosen to present my research at Parliament as part of the STEM for Britain competition. I have spent the last six years working to identify a drug that could be used to prevent scar formation and I am now trying to get it into the clinic.
“Unfortunately, despite hydroxypyridone anti-fungals having been shown to be a safe and well-tolerated drug, we still face several issues when trying to gain approval for repurposing. I raised these issues with Members of Parliament in attendance at the event, to bring to their attention the barriers scientists are facing when trying to repurpose drugs for new indications.”
“This annual competition is an important date in the parliamentary calendar because it gives MPs an opportunity to speak to a wide range of the country’s best young researchers.
“These early career engineers, mathematicians and scientists are the architects of our future and STEM for BRITAIN is politicians’ best opportunity to meet them and understand their work.”