A group of British scientists have launched a bid to study the “immediate” use of invasive western medicines in Ireland.
Dr David Pannell, an immunologist and co-founder of the Institute for Integrative and Comparative Medicine, said: “The potential of the emerging field of integrative and comparative medicine is vast, with many potential applications for the treatment of a range of conditions, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, infectious diseases, inflammatory bowel disease and other diseases, including autism.”
We have been working with a number of international partners to try to identify how western medicine might be applied in the context of these conditions.
“Dr Pannel said he was “extremely excited” to be involved in a project aimed at exploring this potential.”
It’s about trying to understand what’s happening to the body in this way and how it might be improved,” he said.”
In this case, it could be the use of a non-invasive treatment that has the potential to cure the condition.
“So, we have the potential of using western medicine to cure autism, heart disease and many other conditions.”
The institute, which has an office in the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, will begin work on a research paper in March and is seeking applications from academics and patients in the UK, France, Spain and Germany.
Its first phase, to be conducted by the Institute of Integrative Medicine, is a six-week pilot project aimed in part at identifying areas of research and clinical expertise which would help improve treatments.
“If we find that this area of interest warrants further research, we would then consider a full-scale study in the future,” Dr Pann, a researcher at the Institute, said.
He said the initiative was “not about a quick fix” but a “thoughtful exploration of how we might improve the health of people living in Ireland”.
“We’re trying to establish what is possible with this kind of technology, what the potential is, and how can we help people,” he added.
Dr Pinnell said the institute was “very excited” by the potential and would continue to pursue “potential” applications.
“The first phase of this research will be an open call for potential applicants, as we will be looking at what is potentially possible,” he explained.
The institute has already received funding from the National Health Service and the Wellcome Trust.
Its aim is to begin the pilot in March.
Dr Patrick Ryan, director of the Royal School of Nursing, said it was an exciting opportunity.
“Western medicine is one of the leading areas of healthcare research,” he told the Irish Independent.
“That is something that’s happening, it’s a very fast-paced field.”
There’s so much potential, it seems to be getting better and better.