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University of Dundee Included in Cancer Grand Challenges

  • Submitted by: Michael Marra, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour.
  • Date lodged: Monday, 18 March 2024
  • Submitting member has a registered interest.

  • Motion reference: S6M-12510

That the Parliament welcomes the inclusion of the University of Dundee’s Centre for Protein Degradation (CeTPD) in a new, global effort to tackle some of the most significant challenges posed by cancer; recognises that the Cancer Grand Challenges Summit of 2024 is dedicated to bringing together "the world’s brightest minds against cancer’s toughest challenges", and that researchers from around the globe have participated, including professors Alessio Ciulli and Doreen Cantrell from Dundee; understands that CeTPD Director, Professor Alessio Ciulli, is a recognised leader in the field of targeted protein degradation who plans to collaborate with other international experts to explore new means of tackling solid tumours in children; believes that the inclusion of Professor Ciulli and his colleagues in a team with unrivalled expertise in targeted paediatric cancer therapeutics is testament to the excellence of cancer research taking place at the University of Dundee; considers this project to be the latest example of work that has earned the University of Dundee a world-class reputation for life sciences, with the University rated first in the UK for Biological Sciences in the Research Excellence Framework 2021; notes what it considers to be the immense contribution of the University of Dundee to the wider Tayside economy, and wishes Professor Ciulli and his colleagues every success as they collaborate with partners in pursuit of life-saving new treatments.

Supported by: Clare Adamson, Jackie Baillie, Jeremy Balfour, Colin Beattie, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Stephanie Callaghan, Maggie Chapman, Foysol Choudhury, Jackie Dunbar, Pam Duncan-Glancy, Murdo Fraser, Pam Gosal, Bill Kidd, Monica Lennon, Douglas Lumsden, Ivan McKee, Stuart McMillan, Audrey Nicoll, Paul O'Kane, Colin Smyth, Paul Sweeney, Sue Webber, Martin Whitfield, Brian Whittle