You may remember me writing about a new research proposal from a team of professionals from a number of Universities and that the application process for a grant for several millions of pounds was starting.
Well yesterday I saw the final grant submission – and what a remarkable piece of work it is.
The research team are all specialists in their fields and are drawn from five different universities.
All of them have had papers published and peer reviewed in the past that have been about various aspects of Vitamin B12.
And whilst there is one doctor who is part of the team, there are four other disciplines involved including Bio-Chemists and Mathematicians. I don’t want to reveal what other disciplines are involved in case I say too much but I can say that our friend Vitamin B12 pops up in all manner of places and in some very surprising scientific disciplines.
The aim of the project is simply to understand what exactly happens to the vitamin at cell level – something that has been explored by other research teams in the past two years with some exciting new revelations. This research team hopes to understand why some patients with Pernicious Anaemia feel no benefit from their replacement therapy injections and why some need very high doses of the vitamin to feel well.
Hopefully these questions which have dogged the PA Society since its inception will finally be answered.
And my involvement – well, I brought these questions to the table and was responsible for introducing the lead researchers.
Oh! And I wrote a letter of support to the grant makers. Fingers crossed and all that.