Pharmacology of marine toxins

Venoms: predatory, defensive, and a treatment for chronic pain.

Venoms have evolved to be both predatory and defensive. Venoms can immobilize prey and typically either cause or block pain.

The peptides within venom are targeted, specific, and often surprisingly effective on humans. These features make them important research tools and potential therapeutics.

The Lewis Group use mass spectrometry, transcriptomics and molecular pharmacology approaches to discover and characterize venom peptides, with the ultimate objective of discovering new drugs for chronic pain.

“We work on the scientific frontier, motivated by making discoveries that have the potential to change people's lives,” said Group Leader Professor Richard Lewis.

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Prof Richard Lewis

Professor Richard Lewis

Group Leader, Chemistry and Structural Biology Division

Director, Centre for Pain Research

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    Director, IMB Centre for Pain Research
    Professorial Research Fellow
    Institute for Molecular Bioscience

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