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DocTIS

Health, Agri-food and Bioeconomy

10

PARTNERS

6

COUNTRIES

6.2 M€

TOTAL BUDGET

5

YEARS

Challenge

Immune-mediated Inflammatory Diseases (IMIDs) are a group of diseases caused by inappropriate activation of the immune system to cells and organs. They are common (up to 7% of the general population), being the third most common type of disease in developed countries. In the DoCTIS project we focus on six of the most frequent IMIDs in our society: rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriasis (PsA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA), Crohn’s disease (CD), ulcerative colitis (UC) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). In these six diseases, chronic activation of the powerful immune system ultimately affects the functionality of many tissues and organs, such as the joints in RA and PsA or the gut in CD and UC. This clearly reduces the quality of life of many patients, as well as increasing the risk of other diseases and shortening life expectancy.

Challenge

The last 20 years have seen a breakthrough in the development of therapies to treat IMIDs. These therapies have been an improvement over previous drugs, helping to reduce the impact on a significant percentage of patients. However, many other patients do not respond adequately to these new therapies. Moreover, in many cases, these new therapies eventually lose efficacy and must be discontinued. These therapies are expensive and have become a major burden on European healthcare systems.

Solution

The DoCTIS project is designed to address this major health problem in IMIDs. To do this, we will identify new combinations of existing drugs that enhance the effect of each other. This combinatorial effect will have many beneficial aspects for IMID patients: it will reduce disease activity to remission (i.e. no symptoms), it will reduce the dose of the drugs (and thus the risk of toxicity) and, finally, it will reduce the likelihood of becoming resistant to therapy.

Outcome

The DoCTIS project will integrate different experts from the clinical, biological, computational and epidemiological fields. These experts will collaborate to generate and analyse high-throughput data generated from IMID patients, as well as animal models of the disease, in order to identify new drug combinations that are highly effective.

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cardiff
cnag

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