Professor Lakshminarayan Ranganath (LRR)
Is a consultant at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital in the UK. LRR established an NHS Highly Specialised Services funded National Alkaptonuria Centre (NAC), employing off-label use of nitisinone. LRR is the inaugural Director of the NAC. Patients in the NAC are able to access nitisinone free of charge and access a multidisciplinary team of experts. LRR has carried out a national survey that identified 81 UK, 450 European and 1000 patients worldwide. He has pioneered an assessment of AKU patients. LRR is also co-ordinating DevelopAKUre, a European Union-funded international research programme, which involves 3 studies in AKU. This will bring advances in AKU to all patients with AKU worldwide.