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RSC Award

Congratulations to Prof Andy Wilson on being the recipient of the 2016 Norman Heatley Award for the development of methods to interrogate and manipulate protein-protein interactions using biomimetic approaches.

The Norman Heatley Award is to recognise and promote the importance of inter- and multi-disciplinary research between chemistry and the life sciences through independent work. It is awarded to an early career scientist under the age of 40. 

Drugs function by binding to a protein target within the body. Most existing small molecule drugs bind to well-defined pockets in proteins - analogous to a key fitting into a lock. In stark contrast, the design of drugs to inhibit protein-protein interactions generally requires a fundamentally different type of interaction of the drug with its protein target - analogous to a hand gripping a ball. Thus, developing approaches for inhibition of protein-protein interactions is an enormous fundamental challenge of huge importance to chemical biology and drug discovery, and, in future future healthcare provision.. The award recognises the importance of this topic within the wider scientific community.

For further details see the RSC website