Work to expand a university’s life sciences research base got under way. The University of Dundee’s College of Life Sciences will be upgraded with a new £12.5 million Centre for Translational and Interdisciplinary Research.
It is hoped the centre will enhance the institution’s life sciences capacity in drug discovery, an area in which it claims to be one of the UK leaders.
Around 200 new research jobs will be created when the expansion is complete, with more than 1,000 scientists, research students and support staff already using the college. Construction work is scheduled to finish in autumn next year.
Professor Michael Ferguson, Dean of research in the College of Life Sciences, said: “The high-level objectives are to enhance translational research by expanding drug discovery capacity, to enhance computational biology, mathematical biology and biophysics, and to provide future expansion space.
“We already have very strong drug discovery programmes in the area of neglected tropical diseases – including African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness), Leishmaniasis, Chagas’ Disease, tuberculosis and malaria – which are producing strong candidates for drug development.
“We expect to see these leading to effective drugs for at least one of these diseases.
“Universities are very good at innovation. What they haven’t been quite so good at is developing the capability to translate that innovation into new medicines and applications. This new centre will help us provide that bridging point.” (DailyRecord)