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UK university collaborates with Indian scientists to combat eye infections

Press Trust of India  |  London 

Scientists from a leading British university are collaborating with their Indian counterparts to launch pioneering a research aimed at helping thousands of people across the globe at the risk of losing their sight to a "silent epidemic" of

The multi-disciplinary team of scientists and clinicians from the are working with a team of doctors of the Hyderabad-based to develop a new treatment for that does not rely on conventional to which many microbes are becoming rapidly resistant, the university announced today.

"This 'silent epidemic' affects 840,000 people a year in India," said from the university's Department of Infection,

Monk is leading the revolutionary research that has been awarded grants of almost 1.4 million pounds from the (MRC).

"are often treated incorrectly, if at all. This increases sight loss, frequently in men and women in their working years," he said.

The team, which includes Dr Prashant Garg, Dr and Dr from the LV Prasad Institute, began work on serious that could lead to the loss of sight in the developing world.

In the UK and throughout the developed world, are readily diagnosed and treated effectively by well-established healthcare systems, he said.

However, in less developed countries such as India, there is both a higher incidence of infections caused by different types of microbes and a critical lack of access to organised care, he added.

"We have identified a way of preventing infections from establishing a foothold on the surface of the eye. The treatment can be applied safely without needing time-consuming and expensive identification of the bacterial or fungal pathogen, allowing it to be used as early as possible in remote rural locations," said Monk.

Among the others from the team include Dr from the (ScHARR), Dr from the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, from the Department of Materials Science, and Dr from the and

The new research has been funded through the MRC's Global Challenge Research Fund Target Discovery and Validation programme.

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First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 19:15 IST