CRF Grant helps fund revolutionary robot to target zika virus cure
Researchers in the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer’s Cell Screen SA (CeSSA) are using revolutionary medical research equipment to find potential treatments to help protect millions of unborn babies around the world from the presently incurable Zika Virus.
The collaboration between researchers from Flinders University and the University of Adelaide is using a robotic arm, together with an imaging system to mass-screen almost 3000 drugs to find potential treatments to help protect millions of unborn babies around the world from the presently incurable Zika Virus.
All drugs involved in the screening are already approved for human use, which is hoped will speed up clinical testing should potential treatments be identified.
Through generous support from the community and Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation, Flinders Foundation has supported the laboratory and enabled use of the robotic arm for this study and many others.
Use of the CeSSA robot is in high demand, with drug screening already in the pipelines for a range of other diseases, including several types of cancer.
Read the full 2017 CRF Research Grant summary here.
Read more about the Zika virus research here.