28 Apr 2020
Back in October 2013 Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) selected a compound designed and developed at the Drug Discovery Unit (DDU), University of Dundee to enter preclinical development. In June 2015, the discovery, properties and mode of action of the compound DDD107498 were published in the journal Nature.
16 Apr 2020
The University of Dundee is working with partners around the world as part of an expanding effort to rapidly repurpose existing drugs against Covid-19. An international research network established by Scripps Research centres around ReFRAME, the world’s leading collection of drugs known to be safe in humans. The network of collaborating scientific laboratories is aiming to leverage ReFRAME to find antiviral compounds against the novel coronavirus.
03 Mar 2020
Two Life Sciences academics who are helping transform lives with their work on major diseases including Parkinson’s and neglected tropical diseases such as malaria have been elected Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE). The RSE is Scotland’s national academy, focused on delivering its mission of `knowledge made useful’. Fellows are elected in recognition of their impact in improving the world around them.
15 Jan 2020
Review of the Year 2019 took place today with the Dean, Julian Blow sharing the highlights of activity within the School from 2019. The presentation closed with the annual School prizes presentation. Here are the winners: Innovator of the Year Innovator of the Year is for any member or team within SLS that demonstrably achieved scientific, technical or commercial innovation that came to fruition in 2019.
21 Nov 2019
Professor David Horn has received a prestigious award in recognition of his contribution to global efforts to overcome the disease known as African sleeping sickness. Professor Horn was presented with the William Trager Award at a meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) in National Harbor, near Washington DC.
02 Oct 2019
David Gray has been promoted to Personal Chair. He takes the title of Professor of Translational Biology which is in recognition of his extensive work within the Drug Discovery Unit (DDU) and Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research (WCAIR).
06 Sep 2019
School of Life Sciences researcher Professor David Horn will receive a £2.1 million Investigator Award from Wellcome to decode gene expression mechanisms in trypanosomes, pathogenic protozoa that cause a range of human and animal diseases.
25 Jul 2019
Dr Susan Wyllie, Head of the Mode of Action (MoA) group, has been promoted to tenure track Principal Investigator in the School. Her group is part of the Division of Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery (BCDD) and the Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research (WCAIR). Background
09 Jul 2019
A team of scientists at the School of Life Sciences have identified a protein that makes random decisions to allow parasites to survive in their human hosts. They have been able to identify a complex that allows genes to switch on and off randomly, changing cell surface characteristics and allowing escape from the defences of the host’s immune system. This behaviour is present in genes within parasites known as trypanosomes, and also in the parasite that causes malaria, which claims hundreds of thousands of lives every year.
02 Jul 2019
Mike Ferguson, Regius Professor of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee, has today received a knighthood for his services to science. Professor Sir Mike, one of the UK’s most eminent life scientists, received the award at Holyrood on Tuesday 2 July after his accolade was announced in the most recent New Year’s Honours list.