DevelopAKUre Blog

  • Gait analysis in AKU

    Date: 17-Mar-2016

    (#) We have performed a gait analysis service for the National Alkaptonuria Centre (NAC) since the summer of 2013 and have been involved in the DevelopAKUre trials since 2014. The service has become a well-oiled machine with patients attending every month to our Movement Function Research L.. ...more

  • Introducing Jane

    Date: 03-Mar-2016

    I have been involved with the AKU projects here at Liverpool University since 2006 when Professor Ranganath first contacted Jim Gallagher about possible research on AKU. My first task was to show Laura Tinti how to culture osteoarticular cells when she came to our laboratory in 2006 on an E.. ...more

  • Introducing Dr Peter Wilson

    Date: 28-Jan-2016

    My name is Dr Peter Wilson and I am a postdoctoral research assistant at the University of Liverpool. I have been working on various AKU projects now for nearly 10 years, from the development of an in vitro model of AKU, to gene replacement therapy. One aspect of my job requires me to collect th.. ...more

  • Introducing Nordic Bioscience

    Date: 10-Dec-2015

    Nordic Bioscience is a partner in the DevelopAKUre consortium. Nordic Bioscience ( is a Danish biotechnology company that specialises in biomarker research. They develop tools to measure specific substances in blood and urine. These substances are indicative of a.. ...more



Welcome To DevelopAKUre

DevelopAKUre is a series of major international clinical trials, run by a consortium of 12 European partners. It aims to study a potential new drug, called nitisinone, and assess its potential effectiveness in treating the rare disease, alkaptonuria (AKU).

DevelopAKUre is co-funded by a grant from the European Commission. This website is run by a UK patient group, the AKU Society. Learn more about AKU on the AKU Society's What is AKU page.


DevelopAKUre Blog

SONIA 2 – Controlling Protein to Support Nitisinone Treatment

In today’s blog Chief investigator Prof. Ranganath reinforces the need for SONIA 2 pat.. ...more

Introducing PhD Student Brendan Norman

In this week's blog, we talk to Brendan Norman, a PhD student at the University Of Liverpool, ab.. ...more