MCDS-Therapy partner info: Mike Briggs

Clinical research relies on wonderful people to be successful. Whether it’s those doing the research, those managing it or those taking part in it, research cannot happen without the commitment, drive and collaborative efforts of fantastic people. Today, we would like to introduce you to one of the fantastic individuals working on MCDS-Therapy, our Coordinator Professor Mike Briggs.

Mike is a Professor of Skeletal Research at the University of Newcastle. More specifically, he is part of the Skeletal Research Group (SRG) at the Institute of Genetic Medicine (IGM), which is part of the Faculty of Medical Sciences (FMS). The IGM is home to around 50 Principal Investigators (the person who is responsible for the initiation and conduct of a research project) and their research teams. It has a strong focus on rare diseases, including rare musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, cancer and eye disorders. Mike’s main role is research, but he also teaches genetics on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Mike has been heavily involved in genetic skeletal disease (GSD) research for over 30 years. His research has been integral to the identification of the genetic cause and disease mechanism behind a range of GSDs. His pre-clinical research means drugs that could potentially restore normal bone growth can now be identified and tested, as in the case of MCDS-Therapy. Mike has also been instrumental in establishing several European Consortia for the diagnosis of and research into rare skeletal diseases. These have included the European Skeletal Dysplasia Network, Eurogrow, SYBIL, and MCDS-Therapy itself.

MCDS-Therapy is an excellent example of the approach being taken to repurpose existing drugs for GSDs. Mike is the overall Coordinator of MCDS-Therapy, though he is also playing a scientific role in the identification and validation of potential RNA-based biomarkers (find out what biomarkers are and why we’re interested in them here).

At the weekend, you’ll most often find Mike trekking the fells of Northern England, watching the cricket, or doing some gardening.

To find out more about the University of Newcastle’s wider role in MCDS-Therapy, head over to our Partners webpage.

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