GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and the College of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee have entered into an agreement to combine the pharmaceutical company’s expertise in discovering and developing new medicines with the researcher’s expertise in rare and debilitating skin disorders under GSK’s Discovery Partnerships with Academia initiative.
An international collaboration led by the College of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee has made a significant breakthrough in understanding the causes of peanut allergy.
Peanut allergy affects 1-2% of children in the UK and may result in a severe or life-threatening allergic reaction. The number of people affected by peanut allergy has increased dramatically over the past 20-30 years, but the causes of the disease are unknown.
Professor Irwin McLean, of the College of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee, has registered an impressive hat-trick of awards after being awarded the top dermatology society prizes for Europe, America and Asia.
Research into innovative medical technology which could change the way gene therapies are designed and delivered has been boosted by grants of over £1million to the University of Dundee.
Two research groups at the University have each been granted more than £500,000 through the Medical Research Council’s prestigious Milstein Fund Award.
Three academics from the University of Dundee are among forty of the United Kingdom's leading doctors and medical researchers who have been recognised for excellence in medical science by their election to the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
Academy Fellows are elected for outstanding contributions to the advancement of medical science, for innovative application of scientific knowledge or for their conspicuous service to healthcare.
The new Fellows to be elected from Dundee are:
Professor Irwin McLean, of the University of Dundee, has been awarded the American Skin Association Achievement Award for his pioneering work on skin diseases.
Professor McLean, who discovered that mutations on the filaggrin gene cause eczema and other related disorders, was presented with the award at the Society for Investigative Dermatology Annual Meeting in Montreal.
Photo opportunity: 11am, Tuesday May 12th 11am
Wellcome Trust Building,
Old Hawkhill, University of Dundee.