Human trials could be just 3 years away for a Periodontitis Vaccine.

The company behind it CSL from Australia say they are in advanced stages of development.
The current stage is trials on mice, a few years down the line, human trials will occur if everything runs smoothly.
The company’s chief scientific officer, Dr Andrew Cuthbertson, said:

‘It has taken over 10 years to develop the vaccine to this stage.
The plan is to develop the vaccine, and to have an antibiotic gel that those with existing gum disease can use.’

The research has been continuing in a collaboration between the University of Melbourne and CSL, under the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Oral Health Science.

Professor Eric Reynolds, who is head of the university’s dental school and chief of the CRC, said:

“the development of specific products to kill off the bacteria or prevent the gum infection would be a significant oral health breakthrough.”

This really would be one of the biggest things to happen in dentistry. Watch this space, we’ll be sure to keep you informed, every step of the way. I think dentists’ jobs will be safe forever, no matter what!

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This entry was posted on Tuesday, January 19th, 2010 at 2:33 am.
Categories: Dentist News.

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