This press release is available in Spanish.
Project PreDiCT-TB is being developed jointly by the Seventh Framework Program and the European pharmaceutical industry in the hopes of studying and improving the treatment of tuberculosis, and infectious disease that affects nearly nine million people throughout the world. The goal is to develop a set of pre-clinical trials ('in vitro' and 'in vivo') that will provide critical data for identifying decision-making criteria regarding the effectiveness of a given treatment, as well as to optimize the clinical studies of new combinations of drugs used to fight tuberculosis. "These data will, first, offer us an early evaluation of the efficiency of the combinations of drugs used to treat tuberculosis; and, second, they will allow us to optimize the clinical studies with patients", states the head of research at UC3M, Juan Jos Vaquero, from the Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering Department.
The work being done at this Madrid university is mainly focused on the research and the development of new pre-clinical imaging technology, as well as on methods for processing and analyzing images for the evaluation and follow-up of illness in animal models. "We are going to develop new in vivo molecular image devices and also work on the synthesis of very specific probes for the biomarkers of this illness that have been identified by other partners in the consortium", explains Juan Jos Vaquero. "We are collaborating very closely with GlaxoSmithKline, whose laboratories are going to use our equipment, as well as with specialists from the Infectious Disease and Microbiology Service of Gregorio Maraon University General Hospital (Servicio de Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiologa del Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Maran - Madrid), who have a great deal of experience working with both the biology and the c
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Carlos III University of Madrid