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Post-Covid TB warning as University receives $5 million award

A University of Dundee researcher heading up a multi-million dollar effort to find new treatments for tuberculosis, malaria, and future viral pandemic diseases has warned that the Covid-19 pandemic may lead to a rise in TB infections globally.

Dr Laura Cleghorn, from the University’s Drug Discovery Unit (DDU), was speaking ahead of World TB Day (Thursday 24 March) and after the Unit received a $5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to accelerate the delivery of drug candidates in this space.

A chemical glimpse into life’s origins

How did life start out on this planet, around 3.5 billion years ago? Since we cannot go back in time to look we can only get hints by projecting backwards from contemporary life, and doing experiments that test the limits of what might have been possible. One widely accepted theory is that proteins were too complicated to make in the early stages, and that a molecule called RNA (very similar to its more-famous cousin DNA) was the key player that directed the metabolism of primitive cells.

Will Farnaby becomes Principal Investigator in CeTPD

William Farnaby has been appointed as Principal Investigator within the newly formed Centre for Targeted Protein Degradation (CeTPD). Will’s research will innovate chemical approaches to discover and develop molecules that can probe new ways of addressing disease. There will be a particular focus on Central Nervous System (CNS) diseases where there are currently unmet needs for conditions affecting hundreds of millions of people globally.