Stroke drug lead under development
- Post by: CIPPS
- 24 May 2019
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Professor Glenn King of the University of Queensland is developing a new drug that could safe many lives and improve the outcome of strokes. The drug is derived from spider venom of a local Australian funelweb spider. Currently, stroke diagnosis in the hospital is required before drugs can be used on stroke patients. Transport to a hospital can take time, especially in rural areas and time is of the essence in treating strokes. Enter CIPPS researcher Professor King and his new drug, which could be given to any stroke victim by paramedics on the scene of the incident.
ABC has recently featured Professor Kings research, find more information here. In the video below, Professor King explains spider venoms and why he works on using them to generate drug leads.