Researchers from the University of Nottingham are exploring the medical condition which is known to trouble millions of older people - Pain.
David Humes of the Division of Gastroenterology, in The School of Medical and Surgical Sciences, with a motive to understand pain, has begun to delve into pain caused by diverticular disease and how it can be relieved.
Dr David Humes said: "Our aim is to discover whether inflammation of the bowels causes the pain of diverticular disease. We will test new anti-inflammatory drugs to see if they could become a valuable treatment for this condition, which in varying degrees affects as many as two-thirds of the older people in our society."
This research project is prestigious, as it is one among 20 new studies across the UK to have received funds to improve the quality of life of older people by helping them with health issues.
Dr Lorna Layward, Research Manager for Help the Aged adds: "Help the Aged is committed to funding high quality biomedical research through our Research into Ageing programme and we have funded 20 new projects in 2007. Unfortunately for each project we can fund a further four must be turned away, so we need more donations to enable us to fund as many of the best projects as possible. We must prevent a situation that sees much of this life-changing research being consigned to the scrapheap, never to happen."