26 May 2018

Developing non-addictive painkillers

From This Way Up, 12:30 pm on 26 May 2018

A new method of measuring pain in rats and mice could eventually help break the human dependence on opioid-based pain medication.

David Roberson

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But before a drug ever gets to a clinical trial on humans, researchers have to do extensive animal trials.

The problem is how can you prove a painkiller is working on a mouse or a rat?

David Roberson of Blue Therapeutics thinks he has found an answer using a touchscreen that measures an animal's paw prints to give valuable insights into how they are really feeling.

PalmReader tech

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