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.
To celebrate World Malaria Day 2015 NDM is officially launching an educational malaria app for Android users - the first game of its kind which tries to visualise the life cycle of the disease in 3D. NDM also spoke to Dr Sumi Biswas about her research on transmission blocking malaria vaccines - vaccines that will prevent malaria transmission on a wider scale, focusing on the community rather than the individual.