University of Dundee

HRH The Princess Royal visits the College of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee

20 Apr 2011

HRH The Princess Royal visited the College of Life Sciences as part of her visit to the University of Dundee on Tuesday April 19th, when she officially opened the new Centre for Molecular Medicine at the Clinical Research Centre, part of the University’s School of Medicine. 

At the College, HRH The Princess Royal, was met by the Lord Provost and University Principal Professor Pete Downes. She was introduced to Professor Mike Ferguson, Dean of the School of Research, Professor Alan Fairlamb, Head of the Division of Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery and Professor Sir Philip Cohen, Director of the MRC-Protein Phosphorylation Unit and the SCottish Institute for CeLL Signaling (SCILLS). The Princess, who is National Patron of Tenovus Scotland also met Dr. John Rouse, recipient of the 2011 Tenovus Medal.  The medal is awarded annually to a scientist under the age of forty, with a Scottish link who has made a major impact in their field and is intended to promote the brightest talent in Scotland.

During her visit Her Royal Highness was shown some of the cutting-edge technology for which the College of Life Sciences is renowned.  Professor Inke Nathke demonstrated the capability of the College’s Light and Electron Microscopy suites including the OMX Microscope, one of only seven in the world and two in the UK.

She was then invited on a tour of the Drug Discovery Unit by visit Professor Alan Fairlamb who specialises in research into Neglected Tropical Diseases, an area of particular scientific interest to the Princess, as President of Save the Children UK.  Among the other highlights during her visit to the Drug Discovery Unit, the Princess met Dr. David Gray and his team of scientists working in the state-of-the-art Screening Facility in the Drug Discovery Unit, which supports basic science research with industry standard capabilities. 

In her role as National Patron of Tenovus Scotland, HRH The Princess Royal then went on to meet researchers who are recipients of funding from Tenovus, including Professors Daan van Aalten and Dario Alessi and Dr. Sonia Rocha all of whom have received Tenovus funding at various stages of their career and are now internationally acclaimed researchers in each of their respective fields.