Congratulations to Yael Ben-Tal and Harvey Dale, both from the Lloyd-Jones group, who have been awarded 2020 Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector (BMCS) International Travel Prizes! This is the second year in a row that our students have been awarded this prize.
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.
The Cancer Centre and the influential blogger Derek Lowe have both highlighted a recent Journal of Medicinal Chemistry paper from the Hulme group.
The paper, titled "Utilizing Stimulated Raman Scattering Microscopy To Study Intracellular Distribution of Label-Free Ponatinib in Live Cells", was published in December 2019.
Congratulations to Yael Ben-Tal from the Lloyd-Jones group who was awarded the first equal place poster prize at the annual RSC Perkin Meeting, held at St Andrews University on Thurs Jan 9th.
Her winning poster was on "Shedding light on the mechanism of photoredox cross-electrophile coupling by in-situ illumination NMR”
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.
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.
Representing the UK Soil Security Programme at The Royal Society London event, Dr Nicholle Bell showcased the outputs of the research program focusing on UK peatland restoration. Presenting to farmers, soil scientists and policy makers, she demonstrated the practical implications and policy impact of their research.
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.
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: