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Parasite researcher receives substantial grant

Peter Nejsum from Aarhus University and Aarhus University Hospital has just received DKK three million from Horizon 2020. The grant will be used to develop a device that can sort nanoparticles, which can have importance for treatment and diagnosis.

How do parasites affect our immune system and we can use parasites – or parts from parasites – to cure inflammatory diseases?

The keyword here is extracellular vesicles, a small transport particle containing bioactive molecules. The aim is for Peter Nejsum and colleagues to utilise these vesicles to gain a new understanding of disease processes, so they can potentially be used therapeutically on people with inflammatory diseases and for diagnostics.

The researchers aim to develop a new technology that can isolate and separate vesicles which have immune properties from two very different sources, namely milk and parasites.

The grant provides Peter Nejsum with the opportunity to stay at the forefront of developing a new technology within the vesicle area.

Professor with special responsibilities (MSO) Peter Nejsum
Aarhus University, Department of Clinical Medicine and
Aarhus University Hospital, Infectious Diseases
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