Bioscience

Researchers seek safer cystic fibrosis test

September 9, 2009

By Flinn Foundation

Source: ScienceDaily] – Researchers from The University of Arizona Colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine are teaming up to try to invent a novel non-invasive lung test for cystic fibrosis sufferers.

Eric Snyder, PhD, assistant professor at the UA College of Pharmacy, is the principal investigator on the study, “Quantification of Exhaled Condensate Using Bronchoalveolar Lavage in Cystic Fibrosis.” Dr. Snyder will work with UA College of Medicine faculty members Cori Daines, MD, and Wayne Morgan, MD, on the project.

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a disease that affects the lung. According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide) suffer from CF. The disease results from a genetic alteration that lowers the function of chloride channels in the lung, which leads to a dry lung. The drier a CF patient’s lungs, the more dangerous his or her disease.

For more information: Researchers Seek Safer Cystic Fibrosis Test