University of Dundee

College of Life Sciences

Short Code: 
CLS

Science Writing Award for Julia Wcislo

Earlier this month, Julia Wcislo was named runner-up in the Medical Research Council’s Max Perutz Science Writing Award at their virtual award ceremony.

Julia, an MRC funded PhD student in Kevin Read’s lab in the Drug Discovery Unit and Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research, received a runner-up prize of £750 for her article, “The game of hide-and-seek”.

Healthy ageing programme sets sights on improving quality of life in later years

  • National UK SPINE initiative created to help us stay healthy in later years
  • Innovative research aims to target the processes behind ageing rather than treating individual diseases
  • Flagship projects include new pipeline to transform and accelerate development of ageing therapeutics
  • Number of people over 75 in the UK will be one in seven by 2040, with challenges for health and care services alongside opportunities to improve quality of life

Prestigious UKRI fellowships for Life Sciences Researchers

Two life sciences researchers have been awarded Future Leaders Fellowships from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Dr Megan Bergkessel, Principal Investigator in the Division of Molecular Microbiology, was awarded over £900k to research how some bacteria can survive in inhospitable environments and the potential for new treatments. Dr Adam Fletcher, a postdoctoral researcher in Dr Satpal Virdee's lab in the MRC PPU, will use the award to begin his independent research programme at the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR) at the University of Glasgow.

Collaboration to target severe skin diseases

The University of Dundee is to partner with global biopharmaceutical company Almirall to develop new treatments for severe skin diseases with high level of unmet medical need. The collaboration will accelerate the discovery of innovative medicines by bringing together Almirall’s expertise in dermatology with the world-leading work of Professor Alessio Ciulli, from the University’s School of Life Sciences.

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