Award for state-of-the-art NMR Facility
A team of King’s College London academics led by Professor Sasi (Maria R) Conte (Randall Division of Cell & Molecular Biophysics) has been awarded a multi-user equipment grant from The Wellcome Trust and an Infrastructure grant from the British Heart Foundation to develop a state-of-the-art NMR Facility for high-resolution and high-throughput applications in structural biology, metabolic profiling and drug discovery. The £3.1M funding, which includes a £1.1M investment from the College, will provide new 800MHz (18.8 Tesla) and 600 MHz (14.1 Tesla) NMR spectrometers with automation capabilities and will build on the existing scientific excellence in the Randall Division, Centre for Biomolecular Spectroscopy and BHF Centre of Research Excellence.
The new equipment will promote exchange of ideas and catalyse unique and innovative interdisciplinary approaches for tackling fundamental biomedical questions and meeting new therapeutic challenges in the fields of cardiovascular disease, neurological disorders, diseases of pregnancy, viral infections and cancer.
Professor Sasi Conte said “The new equipment will support a large and vibrant research community at King’s, from structural biology to drug discovery and metabolomics. I am particularly thrilled by the multi-disciplinary culture between basic scientists and clinicians that this venture will promote, and I have hope that the newly established relationships will provide real benefits for human health."