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Cutting-edge $2.5million research using a 'brain in a DISH' aims to fight rare and fatal 'childhood dementia' Australian researchers are leading the groundbreaking 'brain in a dish' research South Australian institute will reverse engineer skin cells into working brain cells Scientists will then use a range of drugs to try and find a cure for the condition About 100 Australians have the disease which cuts life expectancy to 20 years

By Charlie Coë For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 03:47 BST, 25 August 2019 | Updated: 03:48 BST, 25 August 2019

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Australian researchers are leading groundbreaking research into a fatal 'childhood dementia' which gives sufferers a life expectancy of no more than 20 years.

Scientists in Adelaide are embarking on the $2.5million study using 'brain in a dish' technology to reverse engineer sufferers' skin cells into functioning brain cells. 

The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute will then test the cells using a range of drugs in an attempt to find a cure for the rare Sanfilippo syndrome.

Australian researchers are leading groundbreaking research into a fatal 'childhood dementia' which gives sufferers a life expectancy of no more than 20 years (stock image)

Australian researchers are leading groundbreaking research into a fatal 'childhood dementia' which gives sufferers a life expectancy of no more than 20 years (stock image)

'Each of us reacts differently to a given medication, so by using a patient's own cells we can create a targeted, personalised treatment plan,' chief researcher Kim Hemsley said. 

WHAT IS SANFILIPPO SYNDROME? 

Sanfilippo syndrome is metabolic disorder that is passed down through families. If both parents carry the defective gene, a child has a one in four chance of being affected. It is seen in

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