ARC Centre of Excellence Success

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Congratulations to Professor David Fairlie who was awarded an ARC Centre of Excellence in Advanced Molecular Imaging grant, with funding commencing this year. The CoE application was led by Monash.

David is one of 10 CIs from physics, chemistry, structural biology and immunology who will be working together to develop innovative imaging technologies and applying them to better understand the molecular basis of immunity and the interplay of immunological proteins.

New drug lead shows promise as potential treatment for obesity

23 August 2013

Scientists from The University of Queensland have discovered a new drug lead that prevents rats on a high-fat, high-sugar diet from becoming obese.

Professor David Fairlie, from UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience, led the study, which provides strong evidence that drugs designed to treat inflammatory diseases may also be able to prevent and treat obesity.

“Obesity and diabetes have reached epidemic proportions in both adults and children,” Professor Fairlie said.

“The clear need for new treatments, combined with the hypothesis that obesity is actually an inflammatory disease, prompted us to study one of our anti-inflammatory compounds for its capacity to prevent and treat obesity in rats.”