Winners of the Chris McGuigan Drug Discovery Awards
In the 2019 Chris McGuigan Symposium, three awards were presented to researchers who have excelled in the field of drug discovery.
The McGuigan Outstanding PhD Thesis Award
Recognising the best thesis in drug delivery related research by a Cardiff University doctoral graduate.
The award was won by Dr Gilda Giancotti for her work on c-FLIP inhibitors. Dr Giancotti completed her PhD in Medicinal Chemistry at Cardiff University in 2018 under the supervision of Professor Andrea Brancale, working on the development of novel anti-cancer agents for the treatment of breast cancer.
She is currently working as a medicinal chemist for the Medicines Discovery Institute at Cardiff University, to develop novel drugs to treat mental health conditions.
The McGuigan Rising Star Award
Given to an early career researcher who has made a significant, original and internationally recognised impact.
Dr Joana Rocha-Pereira of KU Leuven was awarded the prize for her work on creating new model systems for the discovery of medicines that target norovirus.
The McGuigan Award for Distinguished Work in Drug Discovery
Recognises a senior researcher who has a distinguished international reputation and a proven track record of leadership in initiating or progressing new scientific principles, or translating drug discovery towards the development of human medicines.
The award was given to Professor Ralf Bartenschlager of Heidelberg University, for his work on finding a cure for hepatitis C.
Professor Bartenschlager’s work over the last thirty years has included innovative imaging methods and cell culture systems with the aim of achieving detailed insights into the complex interactions between the host and its pathogens. These in-depth cell biological studies have led to the development of drugs that can cure hepatitis C in 94-99% of patients following a twelve week course, with minimal side effects.
The Chris McGuigan Drug Discovery Awards and Symposium are made possible through a generous donation by Dr Geoff Henson.