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November 2013

  • 29 Nov 2013

    Researchers from David Horn's lab working with colleagues at the University of Sussex, have made a breakthrough in our understanding of how enzymes that make DNA, complete genome replication. Scientists studied a pair of primase polymerase-like (PPL) enzymes in the African trypanosome, a protozoan parasite that causes important diseases of humans and animals. These enzymes are also found in mammalian cells and many other eukaryotes.

  • 26 Nov 2013

    Scientists at the Universities of Dundee and Glasgow have discovered how drugs that have been used for 60 years to kill the parasite that causes sleeping sickness actually work. Research has revealed that the drugs used to attack Trypanosoma brucei enter through pores in the parasite’s cells known as aquaporins which function as water channels. It is the first time that drugs have been shown to enter cells through aquaporins and this may have major implications for drug delivery in other diseases.

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    25 Nov 2013

    The University of Dundee has been awarded funding of almost €4million to bridge the gap between the life and physical sciences in order to better understand cardiovascular pathology and diseases such as cancer. The PHOQUS (PHOtonic tools for Quantitative imaging in tissUeS) project has received a €3.8million (£3.2million) grant from the EU’s FP7 Marie Curie- Innovative Doctoral Programme to further develop state-of-the-art live cell and tissue imaging methodologies and use them to better understand the complex cellular processes underlying embryonic development and disease.

  • 24 Nov 2013

    Professor Geoff Barton of the College of Life Sciences has been awarded a highly-prized Biomedical Resource Grant from the Wellcome Trust. Geoff Barton, Professor of Bioinformatics at the University of Dundee, is Head of the new CLS Division of Computational Biology, an interdisciplinary group, which is the focal point for the convergence of computing, mathematics and the physical sciences with experimental biology.

  • 22 Nov 2013

    The University of Dundee’s Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification has been awarded a prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education. Presented in recognition of `world class excellence’ the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes are among the most highly-regarded awards for the UK’s universities and colleges. CAHID, which is headed by Professor Sue Black, is one of the world’s foremost institutions for the study and application of human anatomy, forensic human identification, disaster victim identification and forensic and medical art.

  • 20 Nov 2013

    Collaboration between life sciences research in Dundee and India was consolidated last week (11-16 November 2013) by a team of CLS Principal Investigators who visited the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) and the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (inStem) in Bangalore to explore mutual scientific interests and future projects.

  • 06 Nov 2013

    Dr Victoria Cowling, of the University of Dundee, has been named as one of this year’s winners of the prestigious European Molecular Biology Organisation Young Investigator Programme (EMBO YIP) Prize. Every year EMBO go to great efforts to scour Europe, Israel, Turkey and Singapore to identify the brightest young Life science researchers and award them with an EMBO YIP Prize.

  • 06 Nov 2013

    Scientists collaborating on an international research project led by Trinity College Dublin and the University of Dundee have identified a new genetic mutation linked to the development of a type of eczema known as atopic dermatitis (AD).

  • 05 Nov 2013

    The iGEM Team from the University of Dundee have taken two prizes at the World Final of a prestigious international competition designed to advance science and education. The ten students from the University who won the European Jamboree of the iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) competition in Lyon last month went on to win  prizes at the World Final in Boston for Best Presentation and the `iGEMers Prize’, given to the project voted best by the students taking part.