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The Best of All Worlds: Space, Drug Discovery and Drug Development

By Dr. Martin Braddock, FRAS, FRSB,

Sherwood Observatory, Mansfield and Sutton Astronomical Society

7PM Monday 12th of April.


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This lecture will be presented on the ZOOM platform in line with Public Health Guidelines.

The unique environment in space provides many challenges and opportunities for scientific exploration in drug discovery and development.

In this presentation I will discuss aspects of the space environment that has driven advances in the identification of potential drug targets and their validation set against the roadmap for new medicine development.

We will review some recent progress in crystallography, efficacy validation of candidate new drugs in vivo and take a glimpse into what the future may hold for human enhancement, regenerative medicine and synthetic biology.





Dr. Martin Braddock is a professional scientist and project manager working in the field of drug discovery and development with 36 years' experience of working in academic institutes and large corporate organisations. He holds a BSc in Biochemistry and a PhD in Radiation Biology (from the Radiation Biology Unit, Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Harwell Oxfordshire), is a former Royal Society University Research Fellow at the University of Oxford.

He has published widely and is author on over 180 peer-reviewed publications, is a member of several scientific advisory boards, a listed inventor on 8 patents and has given lectures all over the world. He has a serious interest in astronomy and in 2015 was elected Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. He is passionate about all aspects of Astronomy, Cosmology and Astrobiology, holds University qualifications in Cosmology, Astronomy and Planetary Sciences and Astrobiology from the University of Central Lancashire and Open University and is working towards an MSc in Space Science and Technology. Martin is an active committee member of the Mansfield and Sutton Astronomical Society and Newton's Astronomical Society at Woolsthorpe, supporting these registered charities at public open events and regular society meetings.

As a life-long learning science enthusiast and a great fan of online learning, he sees it as his duty to help inspire the next generation of potential young scientists and to help us all understand the fascinating Universe we live in!


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Monday 12th April




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