The Translational Drug Discovery Group was established in 2011 as part of a major strategic investment within the School of Life Sciences. The group comprises medicinal chemistry and molecular pharmacology laboratories and plays a pivotal role in the School’s translational research strategy which aims to translate a fundamental understanding of disease processes and molecular targets, whether that knowledge resides within the University of Sussex or in UK-based and international academic and industrial institutions, into novel drugs.

The group has successfully attracted in approximately £8M of research funding and currently has twenty scientists with a high level of experience in Drug Discovery.

The group plays an active role in teaching and training students.  In particular, final year undergraduate students work in our laboratories alongside experienced scientists and PhD students whose projects are directly related to aspects of Drug Discovery.

Currently research is focussed in three areas:

Oncology – working closely with the MRC Genome Damage and Stability Centre at the University of Sussex we have established a portfolio of four hit finding programmes for novel DNA damage repair targets

Neuroscience – the group is highly experienced in neuroscience drug discovery and currently has two active discovery programmes. We are actively seeking to expand the current portfolio

Infectious disease – There are two active programmes in this area, the recently initiated collaboration with re:VIRAL seeks to identify and new treatment for RSV infection. Additionally we are working on agents to treat neglected disease.

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Professor Simon Ward
Professor of Medicinal Chemistry & Director of Translational Drug Discovery Group
School of Life Sciences
University of Sussex
Brighton BN1 9QJ
United Kingdom
E Simon.Ward@sussex.ac.uk
T +44 1273 876659

Professor John Atack
Professor of Molecular Pharmacology & Director of Translational Drug Discovery Group
School of Life Sciences
University of Sussex
Brighton BN1 9QJ
United Kingdom
E J.Atack@sussex.ac.uk
T +44 1273 872722

Dr Paul Beswick
Collaboration Manager and Scientific Project Leader
School of Life Sciences
University of Sussex
Brighton BN1 9QJ
United Kingdom
E P.Beswick@sussex.ac.uk
T +44 1273 873155

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