Bugs and drugs

The Peptide Kings

Nervous system disorders, like pain, epilepsy, and stroke remain some of the world’s most serious health problems. Pain is prolific. Chronic pain is the biggest unresolved medical condition in the world. Stoke is the second leading cause of death and the leading cause of morbidity.

Epilepsy, stroke, and pain have two significant things in common. Firstly, an overactive or mutated ion channel influences the disease, and secondly, there are no good treatments to address them. The King Group hope to change that.

The Group is exploring the venoms of spiders, centipedes, and scorpions to find novel peptides that can inhibit or activate ion channels. These have potential to become drugs for nervous system disorders. 

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Prof Glenn King

Professor Glenn King

Postgraduate Coordinator

Group Leader, Chemistry and Structural Biology Division

Investigator, Centre for Pain Research

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