Artemisinin Research and Drug Discovery


The Network is delighted to host an event to welcome Dr Jianying Shen and Professor Zhou Bing from Beijing to present on their artemisinin-related research.

Artemisinin was discovered by Professor You You Tu, who was awarded a Nobel Prize for her work. Dr. Shen Jianying is Deputy Director of the Qinghaosu Research Centre, Beijing under Professor Tu and is working on the artemisinin modes of action in malaria.  The Centre is collaborating with Professor Zhou Bing of nearby Tsinghua University, who is exploiting yeast models to characterise the activity of artemisinin.

Artemisinin, extracted from sweet wormwood, has been synthesised and developed into a front-line drug in the treatment of malaria. Artemisinin derivatives show significant and selective anti-tuberculosis activity, including activity against multi-drug resistant strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

This event will feature presentations by Dr Jianying and Professor Zhou Bing, together with ample time for questions. A networking lunch is provided from 12:30.

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The agenda is as follows:

9:00     Registration & refreshments

9:30     Welcome: Professor Luis Mur, Director of Biology & Health, IBERS, Aberystwyth University

9:40     Life Sciences Research Network Wales: Dr Andrea Brancale, Network Scientific Director

9:50     Artemisinin – A Gift from Traditional Chinese Medicine to the World: Dr Jianying Shen, Associate Professor, Institute of Chinese Materia Medica, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing, China

10:30   The Action of Artemisinin: a still challenging and unsettled mystery: Professor Bing Zhou, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

11:15   Refreshment break

11:45   NRN Platform technology presentations

  • Roboworm: Dr Kezia Whatley, IBERS, Aberystwyth University
  • Welsh Computer-Aided Drug Design: Dr Andrea Brancale, Cardiff University

12 30   Networking lunch