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Scientist wins pounds 1m fellowship to research brain viruses.

A LIVERPOOL scientist has been awarded a prestigious pounds 1m fellowship by the Medical Research Council (MRC) to carry out research into emerging brain viruses like Japanese encephalitis.

Dr Tom Solomon, from the University's Department of Clinical Science, won a Senior Clinical Fellowship by the MRC to further his work on virus infections of the brain.

Only one or two such Fellowships are awarded annually by the MRC.

Dr Solomon and his team from the Viral Brain Infections Group will study brain damage caused by Japanese encephalitis - a deadly mosquito-borne virus, common in Asia.

The group will investigate how much brain damage is caused by the virus itself and how much is caused by the body's attempts to fight it off.

A better understanding of this could lead to the development of new treatments.

Dr Solomon said: "I am pleased that the MRC appreciates the importance of emerging viruses."
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