As part of Glasgow Science Festival on 7th and 8th June, scientists at the University of Strathclyde will invite the public to explore the exciting field of drug discovery, from rainforest adventures to the laboratory. Carol – one of the scientists leading the event – stopped for a chat.
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Carol Clements and I am a researcher in the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Strathclyde. I have worked in the area of drug discovery for over 20 years.
In the quest for the identification of potent new drugs, I test natural products from marine sources, bees and plants for activity against many diseases including cancer and bacterial and parasitic infections. I also network with scientists from all over the world to share knowledge, expertise and resources related to natural products, drug discovery and health.
What brings you to Glasgow Science Festival this year?
This year I have been involved with organising “Explore a world of drug discovery” one of the events at the Strathclyde Science Special weekend on 7-8th June.
With the Commonwealth Games just around the corner, Glasgow is gearing up to welcome the world. What’s your top tip for visitors?
I have 3 top tips for visitors: always carry an umbrella, wear comfortable shoes and remember to look up when walking around Glasgow; some of the architecture is magnificent.
Favourite Scottish food and drink?
My favourite Scottish foods are hand dived scallops and venison and cranberry pies from a well-known pie shop in Lochinver. Perfect after a days hillwalking in Sutherland! I don’t normally drink spirits but I would recommend the warming blend of whisky and ginger beer commonly sold at rugby matches.
Impress us with your favourite science fact. Or joke.
I would say that my favourite science fact is the next one I learn. One of the amazing things about science is the number of new facts that you learn every day.
Join Carol and other scientists from 10-4pm for the Strathclyde Science Special on 7th and 8th June. The festivities will take place in the Hamnett Wing of the John Arbuthnott Building on Cathedral Street. For more details, see our website.