An Australian scientist who has been deprived of funds for his research by Australian government has been granted funds by the US Navy. A team of researchers from the James Cook University in Townsville, led by Dr. Geoffrey Dobson, has worked on preparing a special drug, which would be beneficial for trauma-struck soldiers and also civilians.
Dr. Dobson has been honored with several global awards for a unique drug, which is used while performing an open-heart surgery.
Dr. Dobson explained that the drug acts in a similar manner like a handbrake. When the patient is assisted with small doses of the drug, it helps the heart to maintain the balance after it has lost huge amounts of blood.
And in case the patient is subjected to larger doses, then the drug encourages ‘suspended animation’, which slows down the rate of heart pumping and also other organs, so that the sufferer can be immediately taken to trauma unit.
The chief drug, adenocaine, was initially used in combination with three other cardiac drugs and tested on laboratory rats, followed by on pigs, which have been saved after they lost 75% of their blood.
US Naval Medical Research Centre in Maryland have provided the team with an initial funding of $200,000 and further will e provided with another $200,000.
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