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Scleroderma Programme

Our Scleroderma Programme

Establishment of a patient cohort for Scleroderma – University of Leeds

The Trust has awarded a three year project grant to Professor Francesco Del Galdo at the University of Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine to establish the first national inception cohort of patients “at risk” of developing Scleroderma (an inflammatory disease which leads to the scarring and thickening of the skin and internal organs). The research programme has two main aims: to find tell-tale markers which will allow doctors to identify patients most at risk of developing the disease; and to find the processes at work in those patients which have the potential to be blocked by drugs. The clinical, biological and lifestyle data gathered from these patients – alongside information about which of them went on to develop scleroderma – will also become a rich resource for future studies into the disease, both in the UK and overseas.