Big Picture Seminar: 'Drug Discovery for Neglected Diseases’ - 7 April 2017

Friday, 7 April, 2017 - 01:00

What: Bio21 'Big Picture Seminar': Drug Discovery for Neglected Diseases

Who: Professor Ian Gilbert, University of Dundee

When: 1 - 2 pm, 7 April 2017 followed by afternoon tea

Where: Bio21 auditorium and atrium

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The Drug Discovery Unit (DDU) was set up at the University of Dundee in 2006. It is a fully integrated drug discovery unit, combining hit discovery, medicinal and computational chemistry, drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics. The key aims of the unit are to tackle unmet medical need. We have two main therapeutic focuses: neglected tropical diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and kinetoplastid infections; and novel drug targets emerging from the academic sector. In this presentation, I will summarise the capabilities of the DDU and outline some of the work that we have carried out on drug discovery for neglected diseases.


I obtained a PhD in synthetic chemistry, working with Andrew Holmes at the University of Cambridge. I then was a post-doctoral fellow with Parke-Davis Research, before spending a year teaching chemistry at the University of Zambia. On returning to the UK, I undertook post-doctoral work at the University of Cambridge in the area of chemical biology, before establishing my own independent medicinal chemistry research group at the Welsh School of Pharmacy in Cardiff University. The focus of my research was drug discovery for neglected tropical diseases. In 2005, I moved to a chair at the College of Life Sciences, University of Dundee. There, I helped to establish the Drug Discovery Unit, where I am head of chemistry.