In Conversation With

This series of seminars are delivered by a variety of experts in Drug Discovery.  Topics include how industry and academia work together in drug discovery and a breakthrough for anti-malarial drugs.

Malaria kills over half a million people every year, and the parasite is rapidly evolving resistance to current treatments. New ways of dealing with the disease are desperately needed, and innovative researchers at the University of Dundee just might have an answer.

Meet Beatriz Baragana and Irene Hallyburton, scientists from the Drug Discovery Unit. A medicinal chemist and a malaria biologist, they have the behind-the-scenes story of how a potential new medicine came to be found in Dundee. A tale spanning a decade and counting, it’s sure to be a fascinating look into the life of a drug discovery project.

For many the ‘pharmaceutical industry’ conjures strong images and emotions. Ideas around technology, testing and, perhaps above all else, money, can colour impressions. In this event, we’ll be taking a look behind the scenes with 2 researchers with special perspectives on the subject.

Professors Ian Gilbert and Kevin Read worked in academia and the pharma industry respectively, before both found themselves in academia. Why? What are the differences between the two sectors? What can they learn from one another and how, in the age of antimicrobial resistance and Covid, do they complement one another?

Join us to meet these two experts, find out about their fascinating journeys and discover more about this much-maligned yet vital field of research.