Congratulations Fergus!

Congratulations Fergus for winning one of the poster prizes at the “Parkinson’s Disease 200: Back to the Future” conference yesterday. Well done!


Congratulations Chris!

Congratulations Chris – winner of the oral presentation prize at the RSC Protein and Peptide Science Group (PPSG) Early Stage Researcher Meeting in Durham yesterday. Very well deserved!

Welcome new group members!

A big welcome to new group members Hector and Marie who joined the group last week. Also welcome back to Fergus who is staying on as a postdoc to set up the Edinburgh Compound Collection.

17th RSC Chemical Biology and Bioorganic Group (CBBG) Firbush conference

Fabulous meeting at Firbush this weekend with lots of new appointees showing that the fields of Chemical Biology and Bioorganic Chemistry are very strong in the UK. (With guest appearances by a few older members of the community!) Alison spoke on the group’s recent Raman imaging work and there were lots of interesting discussions in the bar afterwards!

Burrell Catalogue launched!

It’s been 20 years in the thinking, 10 years in the making and our dyestuff analysis essay has been going back and forth for 5 years – but at long last the fully comprehensive and truly magnificent catalogue of 200+ tapestries from the world-renown Burrell Collection has been published. Burrell himself originally commissioned a catalogue of the tapestries in his collection, but due to tragic circumstances this was never completed. Finally his wish is fulfilled and the outstanding collection of tapestry artworks which he bequeathed to the people of Glasgow is documented in full. Alison is pictured here with conservator Helen Hughes at the launch reception in the Kelvingrove Art Galleries in Glasgow.

Sawwort paper out!

It’s been 12 years in the making – but finally David Peggie’s PhD paper on the ageing of sawwort is out. Finger’s crossed that his next one on the mystery dyestuff marker found in Rembrandt and Van Gogh paintings finds daylight a bit quicker. Here he is presenting his latest work as a plenary lecturer at this year’s RSC Analytical Research Forum (photo @PertidaB).


Great dinner celebrating everyone’s recent successes – including a personal chair for the boss!