Life Sciences News
Researchers secure £3.19m boost to tackle superbugs
Life Sciences researchers have been awarded £3.19m in funding to support a flagship project into antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
The funding will enable multi-partner collaborations in order to tackle the growing threat of superbugs as part of a co-ordinated multi-disciplinary effort to fight their prevalence.
Awarded by a cross research council ‘war cabinet’ on AMR comprising the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the funding marks one of the largest UK public grant investments in AMR research.
Researchers Prof Chris Dowson, Dr David Roper, Dr Adrian Lloyd from the School of Life Sciences and Prof Matthew Turner of the Department of Physics, will investigate a vital link in the chain of antimicrobial resistance – the bacterial cell wall. The main component of the wall is called peptidoglycan, which is the key target of penicillin and other similar antibiotics.
Prof Michael VanNieuwenhze joins Life Sciences as an IAS Visiting Fellow
The School of Life Sciences is pleased to welcome Prof Michael VanNieuwenhze, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Indiana University. Prof VanNieuwenhze, an expert in peptide antibiotics and bacterial cell wall biosynthesis, will spend eight weeks at Warwick as an IAS Visiting Fellow, hosted by Dr David Roper (Life Sciences) and Prof Tim Bugg (Chemistry).
During the Fellowship Prof VanNieuwenhze will spend time with researchers at Warwick, sharing his knowledge of methods and techniques and participating in a series of lectures and workshops, which will also involve academics from other institutions. His expertise will provide great synergy with members of the research community at Warwick, enabling the consolidation of existing collaborations and the initiation of new partnerships to drive forward research in the globally important area of antimicrobials.
School of Life Sciences in Brussels for Warwick's 50th Anniversary Celebrations
The University of Warwick is running an exciting programme of research-led events in 2015 as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations.
Sustainable use of pesticides
Nick Dale, Professor of Neuroscience awarded £755,273 from BBSRC for his project 'Amino acid sensing by hypothalamic tanycytes'
Nick Dale, Professor of Neuroscience in the School of Life Sciences, has been awarded £755,273 from BBSRC for his project on ‘Amino acid sensing by hypothalamic tanycytes’.
First UK Autophagy Network Meeting held at Warwick and hosted by the School of Life Sciences
The symposium was organised by Dr Ioannis Nezis of the School of Life Sciences and Professor Sharon Tooze from The Francis Crick Institute and was generously sponsored by the Company of Biologists, British Society for Cell Biology, Science AAAS, Abcam Plc, Enzo Life Sciences and Abgent Ltd.
The delegates discussed the latest advances in Autophagy Research, from basic molecular and cellular mechanisms to pathophysiology of diseases such as cancer, neurodegeneration and other ageing-related diseases, studied in several model organisms (yeast, fruit flies and mice). The programme also included two poster sessions.
A number of collaborations are planned as a result of the meeting, and plans are already in place for a second meeting, possibly in Edinburgh next year.
Around 100 delegates attended from across the UK, including two overseas speakers, Professor Tom Neufeld (University of Minnesota, USA) and Professor Terje Johansen (University of Tromso, Norway).
IAS Fellowship success in SLS
John Sidda has been awarded an Early Career Fellowship from the University of Warwick’s Institute of Advanced Study (IAS).