University of Dundee

SCILLS, the SCottish Institute for CeLL Signalling launches new website

16 Oct 2008

The SCottish Institute for ceLL Signalling (SCILLS) is a new research centre funded by the Scottish Government. SCILLS was launched on October 1st 2008 and will initially be based on the 4th floor of the Sir James Black Centre in the College of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee close to Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation Unit (MRC-PPU) with which it will interact closely.  The founding Director of SCILLS is Sir Philip Cohen, also the Director of the MRC-PPU. 

SCILLS is dedicated to understanding how biological processes are controlled and how they become deregulated in disease, with the long-term aim of facilitating the development of improved drugs to treat disease. 

The Unit's major aims are to advance understanding of the role of protein ubiquitination and related modifications in cell regulation and human disease, to facilitate the development of drugs to treat diseases caused by abnormalities in this process, to generate reagents and improve technologies on which more rapid progress in this area depends, and to train the next generation of scientists who will advance our understanding of the subject.

While visiting the College in May (7 May 2008) to announce the Scottish Government’s funding for the Institute, Fiona Hyslop Cabinet Secretary of Education and Lifelong Learning said:

"Driving forward Scotland's economic growth is at the heart of everything that we do. 

"We already have an excellent reputation internationally for our research, and especially for our performance in the field of life sciences. 

"Dundee in particular is an international centre of excellence for this kind of work, with 16 per cent of its workers involved in or supporting the sector. 

"To take this on to a new level, we need a new centre, equipped and managed to the highest standards, to attract outstanding international scientists and most promising young researchers to Scotland. 

"This national Institute will deliver that."

"At the same time, Scottish Enterprise will work with the Institute to ensure that we maximise the commercial outputs from research carried out at the Institute, so that all of Scotland can share in its success. "

Further information on SCILLS scientists, research, resources and career opportunities are now available on the SCILLS website at