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ARREST-TB in Moscow

A high level meeting, "Joint efforts against infectious diseases: HIV, TB, HCV", was co-organised by the European Commission, the Russian Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the Russian Ministry of Health, along with two key EU funded Horizon 2020 projects, ARREST-TB and CARE, involved in joint research with Russia on infectious diseases – HIV, TB and HCV.

Capps Green Zomaya Memorial Award for Julien Michel

Dr Julien Michel is a co-recipient of the 9th Capps Green Zomaya Memorial Award in 2020. The Award recognises Julien’s work on molecular simulation methods for the optimisation of protein-ligand interactions, and in particular, for the application of this technology to the discovery of a novel class of potent cyclophilin inhibitors with potential application in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.

Our Health Wins Principals Teaching Award

The Our Health project has been selected to receive Principal's Teaching Award Scheme funding. Our Health projects create community-based research that invites local communities to set real-world research questions and agendas around health and wellbeing. The project is based on the ‘science shops’ model that is used widely across Europe to try to bridge research institutes and wider society.

Software Industry and Research Combine to Aid Drug Discovery

Dr Julien Michel has collaborated with the software company Cresset under InnovateUK funding to integrate the open source software SOMD developed in his group for the past 7 years into Cresset's fully featured graphical user interface Flare, optimised for use in industry. SOMD is used to carry out Free Energy Perturbation calculations to predict compound activities of drug-like molecules ahead of expensive synthesis and bioactivity assays. 

Sunamp Partnership Highlighted in Scottish Parliament

The School of Chemistry’s partnership with East Lothian-based SME Sunamp Ltd, which has resulted in the first commercialisation of domestic heat storage technology, has been highlighted in the Scottish Parliament’s debate on Scotland as a Science Nation.

Speaking in the debate, Richard Lochead MSP, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, described the Sunamp collaboration as an example of the great scientific work being carried out in Scotland: