Sir Stephen Holgate MAE leads the research group at the University of Southampton where the new treatment has been developed.
Interferon beta (IFNb) is a naturally occurring protein that orchestrates the body’s antiviral responses. Respiratory viruses, including coronavirus have developed a mechanism to suppress IFNb production by the lung, helping the virus to escape the immune response and thereby putting patients at risk of severe lung disease.
This webinar on ‘New Perspectives on COVID-19’ will consist of 6 presentations by Members of Academia Europaea, who have all recently published papers on various biomedical aspects of COVID-19. The presentations will address a wide range of issues, including the genetics of the disease, how the virus enters cells, a focus on the vulnerable lipid envelope of the virus, how to explain the mysterious silent hypoxemia that gives rise to uncompensated low oxygen levels in the blood, a new ion channel target in the airways and how to understand the psychiatric aspects of COVID-19. The short presentations will be followed by a discussion session moderated by Ole Petersen.
This webinar is aimed at an international audience, in particular researchers, biomedical students, clinicians, and professionals in the healthcare and biomedical fields.
Nicole Grobert, Professor of nanomaterials at the University of Oxford and Member of Academia Europaea, has been elected Chair of the European Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors.
The role of the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors (GCSA) is to provide independent scientific advice to the European Commission across a diverse range of topics to inform policymaking and to provide recommendations to improve the interaction between policymaking and scientific advice.
The Academy’s Board of Trustees has announced that Professor Marja Makarow has been confirmed as the next President of Academia Europaea, taking over the post from Professor Sierd Cloetinghin October 2021.
Professor Marja Makarow will be the seventh President since AE was established in 1988, and the Academy’s first female President. Professor Makarow will take up the role of President-elect in December 2020 and will then assume the Presidency in October 2021.
The AE Cardiff Hub is delighted that Richard Catlow, a member of AE has been honoured for his services to science research.
About Sir Richard Catlow FRS FRSC FInstP
Professor Catlow is Professor of Catalytic and Computational Chemistry at Cardiff University and University College London. His work in the field of computational and experimental studies of complex inorganic materials has offered insight into the mechanisms of industrial catalysis applying computer models to solid state and materials chemistry to investigate the synthesis, structure and properties of materials in the solid phase. He is one of the founding members of the UK Catalysis Hub and has led the Research programme running at Research Complex at Harwell (RCaH) since 2013.
September has seen three members of the Academia Europaea awarded for excellence in their field. The Royal Society’s Copley Medal 2020 has been awarded to Sir Alan Fersht, the 2021 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics to Sir Martin Hairer and the 2020 Balzan Prize to Jean-Marie Tarascon.
Sir Mark Walport FRS FMedSci MAE, the UK’s Government Chief Scientific Adviser between 2013 and 2017 and the Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) from 2017 to 2020, is to be AE Cardiff’s new Steering Group Chair.
The announcement was made at AE Cardiff’s fifth annual steering group meeting which took place on 16th September. At the meeting, Professor Ole Petersen FRS, Director of the AE Cardiff Hub, informed that the AE Cardiff Hub Steering Group’s first Chair, Sir John Skehel FRS, would be stepping down due to other work commitments.