Dundee, UK - Wednesday 20th January 2016
The Universities of Dundee, Oxford and Edinburgh have announced the formation of the Phenomics Discovery Initiative (PDi) with Janssen Pharmaceutica N.V. the first industry partner joining the initiative.
A phenotype is one or more observable features or traits that report changes in a biological system or its reaction its environment. Phenotypic screening is the systematic identification of agents (such as small molecules, biological molecules or genetic mutations) that alter a phenotype.
Phenotypic changes are a factor in most diseases, whether it is a cancer cell undergoing uncontrolled cell division, a motor neuron that fails to connect to muscle tissue, or the complex defects seen in the brain of a patient with schizophrenia.
The £8 million awarded for drug discovery research will provide new equipment for Dundee that will underline Scotland’s excellence in innovation.
Cutting edge research into potential drug treatments will be led in Dundee following £8 million investment by the Scottish Government through the Scottish Funding Council (SFC).