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A partnership between University of Oxford, the Earlham Institute, and the global pharmaceutical companies Biogen Inc and Boehringer Ingelheim is announced today to investigate a new drug target for the treatment of schizophrenia.

Psychiatry Consortium written with image of a brain

This is the first project to be funded by the international Psychiatry Consortium, a £4 million collaboration between seven global pharmaceutical companies, and two leading research charities, convened and managed by the Medicines Discovery Catapult, that supports high-value drug discovery projects in this area of unmet patient need.

The world-leading team of academic researchers will use their newly designed technical approach to assess which proteins are selectively produced by the kalirin gene in the human brain, and how this differs from other human tissues.

Once this is understood it may be possible to identify the proteins that represent the most promising drug targets for the potential treatment of schizophrenia, how they affect the function of cells, and begin to develop drugs to alter their function.

Read the full story on the Department of Psychiatry website.

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