Breakthrough Technique for Treating Inflammatory Disease

Dr Graeme Barker and Dr Stephen Yarwood (Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering), have been working on a research project with the University of Texas Medical Branch to identify a new way of targeting an enzyme called EPAC1, which is involved in the inflammation process and is responsible for many of the most serious yet common chronic diseases.  Funding awarded from the Scottish Enterprise’s High Growth Spinout Programme is a first step towards establishing a specialist Scottish biotechnology company to develop treatments for chronic inflammatory diseases and fibrosis.  The team has already developed several potential new treatment options that show effectiveness in tackling inflammation at its source. Once they reach the market, these medications are expected to offer advantages over existing medications in both efficacy and safety.  Further details of this news story are available online:

Another Success on I’m a Scientist Get Me Out of Here…

Prof. Martin McCoustra repeated his success in winning the Molecule Zone on I’m a Scientist Get Me Out of Here against stiff competition from a number of universities.  I’m a Scientist Get Me Out of Here is a well-known national online public engagement activity involving primary and secondary schools across the UK that gives school pupils the opportunity to chat live with active scientists at all stages of their careers from research student to senior academics. Although the competition was held earlier this year in March and April, Prof. McCoustra has only recently received his prizes, a unique coffee cup and a cheque for £500 which he has donated to the undergraduate and postgraduate student chemical societies in EPS with the request that the students use the money to further their own agenda of public engagement activities in the bicentennial year of Chemistry@HWU.

Election to RSC Materials Chemistry Division Council

Jan-Willem Bos, Associate Professor in Energy Materials in the Institute of Chemical Sciences has been elected to the RSC Materials Chemistry Division Council. The Materials Chemistry Division is a grouping within the Royal Society of Chemistry that promotes Materials Chemistry as a key area underpinning many fundamental aspects of science and technology. This prestigious appointment, from June 2021, is for a period of three years.