Wellcome Trust Grant Award:
24 July 2008
Wellcome Trust Grant Award 24 July 2008 Dr Heidi Sutherland and Professor Wendy Bickmore have been awarded a grant from the Wellcome Trust to study the function of a human protein called Psip1.
This protein is thought to regulate the expression of human genes during development but it is also used by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) to invade our genome.
By studying how Psip1 normally works, the investigators hope to provide insight into a potential target for novel anti-viral therapies. Web links Wellcome Trust
Royal Society Award:
29 August 2008
An HGU scientist Professor Veronica van Heyningen, Head of Medical and Developmental Genetics Section has been awarded a prize from the Royal Society of Edinburgh in recognition of her outstanding achievements in medical science. Veronica received the Henry Dryerre Prize Lectureship for 2008.
Henry Dryerre Award
Professor Veronica van Heyningen of the MRC Human Genetics Unit received the award for her outstanding contribution to genetics and developmental biology. Her lecture on how studies of human eye malformations can cast light onto normal developmental processes, genetic mechanisms, evolution and the role of environment in disease will be delivered on 7 September 2009.
This prize was established in 1989 in memory of Henry Dryerre, who was Professor of Veterinary Physiology at the Royal (Dick) Veterinary College, now part of the University of Edinburgh. The Prize Lectureship is awarded quadrennially to a distinguished scholar in the field of medical research.
The presentation of RSE Medals, Prizes and Prize Lectureships took place at the Society's Triennial Dinner on Saturday 28 June 2008.