Maltese endocrinologist obtains prestigious grant to develop new test to benefit patients on steroids

Miguel Debono, consultant in endocrinology and diabetes and honorary senior lecturer at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and the University of Sheffield, has obtained a prestigious grant from the National Institute for Health Research to assess the use of a new test to identify patients who lack the ability to produce their own natural body steroids and suffer from a condition known as adrenal insufficiency (AI). The grant of up to a quarter of a million pounds (€290,000) will fund the study that aims to roll on the test onto the NHS within the next three years and implement its use as part of everyday clinical care throughout the UK. It is estimated that the test will save the NHS around £10 million (€11.6 m) every year.

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