Target discovery helps identifying drug targets, molecules or molecular interactions at a critical point in a disease-causing pathway that are predicted to being amenable to therapeutic manipulation. The centre aims to link recent advances in genetics, genomics, cell and chemical biology for improved drug target discovery. A more specific focus for refining and validating such targets will provide a better link between traditional "open ended" academic processes to biomedical research and the need of the pharmaceutical industry for accurately defined targets to accelerate drug development.
Nayia Petousi, a Clinical Lecturer in Respiratory Medicine, is one of 20 female scientists who have been selected to take part in a programme to help more women achieve senior research positions. The SUSTAINprogramme, run by the Academy of Medical Sciences, offers a year-long programme of training, mentoring and peer networking around research.