Griffith Uni breakthrough points to new drugs from nature

RESEARCHERS at Griffith University’s Eskitis Institute have developed a new technique for discovering natural compounds which could form the basis of novel therapeutic drugs.

The corresponding author, Professor Ronald Quinn AM said testing the new process on a marine sponge had delivered not only confirmation that the system is effective, but also a potential lead in the fight against Parkinson’s disease.

“We have found a new screening method which allows us to identify novel molecules drawn from nature to test for biological activity,” Professor Quinn said.


“As it happens, the first new compound we discovered through this process has demonstrated a response in Parkinson’s disease cells.”