University of Dundee

Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery

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BCDD

Natural products from the Amazon may help to treat neglected diseases

Researchers in the Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research (WCAIR) have been awarded £700,000 to investigate whether bacteria and other natural products found in the Amazon hold the key to developing new drugs for neglected tropical diseases. The team led by Professor Kevin Read will work with colleagues in Brazil to identify novel drug targets and develop new therapies for visceral leishmaniasis and Chagas’ disease.

Senior Biologist

The Drug Discovery Unit (DDU) (see http://www.drugdiscovery.dundee.ac.uk) is a fully integrated drug discovery operation based within a world class Life Sciences research environment. Its remit is to complement BioPharma activities by tackling both neglected diseases (malaria, cryptosporidiosis, leishmaniasis, Chagas disease and TB) and validation of novel drug targets across a range of therapeutics areas.

School Prizes awarded at Review of the Year

A number of school prizes were presented at Review of the Year today.

Innovator of the Year

New for this year, Innovator of the Year, two categories were introduced for best innovation and for early-stage new business ideas. In partnership with the Centre of Entrepreneurship, the winners are guaranteed an automatic place in the appropriate category of the University of Dundee, Venture 2019 Final, plus a chance to participate in the on-campus three month summer Elevator accelerator programme.

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