Recent research on sepsis in the lab of David Ford may have implications in the treatment of patients exposed to chlorine and other halogen gasses. In sepsis and in other inflammatory diseases, white blood cells produce chlorinated lipids, which the Ford lab discovered over 10 years ago, to kill bacteria. Exposure to chlorine gas causes a significantly higher production of chlorinated lipids, leading to severe lung injury, hypotension, and organ failure.
Dr. Ford collaborates with Sadis Matalon, Ph.D., and Rakesh Patel, Ph.D., of the University of Birminghim, to further study chlorine gas exposure. They hope to develop treatments that could be administered after exposure to prevent the lung and organ damage.
The full story about their life-saving research can be found in Newslink.