Developing novel selective glycine receptor potentiators as a means to control pain. (2010–2013)
It has been estimated that >3M Australians suffer from pain at a cost to the economy of >$34B, with chronic pain (persisting beyond 1-6 mths) accounting for ~half this burden. There is an urgent and compelling social and economic case for the development of safer and more effective pain therapeutics. This project takes inspiration from a new class of Australian marine natural products that selectively regulate a key pain pathway, and will optimize and develop these as a new class of pain drug.