Chevalier Recieves RO3 Grant for Study of Eosinophilic Esophagitis
Rachel Chevalier, MD, Gastroenterology, was recently awarded a $150,000 R03 grant from the National Institutes of Health for research on eosinophilic esophagitis.
Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is a chronic, inflammatory disease affecting thousands of children each year leading to food aversion, failure to thrive, esophageal stricturing, and the need for long-term health care. Dr. Chevalier’s “Drug releasing microdiscs for esophageal drug delivery” study will investigate the properties of current empiric therapies and use that knowledge to develop a microscale polymer disc (microdiscs) designed to improve residence time of drug therapy in the esophagus. The prolonged residence time of the mucoadhesive discs will be expected to improve bioavailability, which decreases patient exposure to steroids, decreases costs and opens new possibilities for other pharmaceutical treatments with fewer side effects to be delivered in the same manner.
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