University of Dundee

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February 2016

  • 29 Feb 2016

    Scientists have identified a key mechanism that damages the cornea in Meesmann epithelial corneal dystrophy, a rare blinding disorder which is passed from parents to their children.   Researchers at the Universities of Dundee and Ulster, working with colleagues in Denmark, have discovered that faults in a gene that is responsible for corneal cell structure and stability lead to protein misfolding and cell death.  

  • 22 Feb 2016

    Professor David Horn, of the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee, is to be awarded the prestigious C.A. Wright Memorial Medal from the British Society for Parasitology.  

  • 15 Feb 2016

    The University of Dundee has been awarded almost £1million of £23m in new grants announced today by the Medical Research Council (MRC).   The MRC is accelerating innovative medical research with £23.3 million in new funding to take ground-breaking ideas from UK universities into industry and out to patients. The announcement was made today by Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson.  

  • 10 Feb 2016

    A Japanese delegation visite the Wellcome Trust Building at the University of Dundee to initiate a partnership seeking to develop new treatments for inflammatory diseases.   Scientists and executives from Ono, Japan’s oldest pharmaceutical company, met with Professor Sir Philip Cohen and leading researchers from the University’s School of Life Sciences to mark the start of the collaboration, which will see the Dundee team help Ono to launch a new drug discovery project.  

  • 09 Feb 2016

    Scientists working in Scotland and China have uncovered a potential Achilles’ heel in the organism which causes potato blight, a global problem with associated costs estimated at $6billion around the world every year.   Blight was the cause of the infamous Irish potato famine in the nineteenth century and remains a huge problem around the world, particularly as more countries turn to potato as a major staple crop and ramp up production. China is now the world’s major producer of potatoes.  

  • 04 Feb 2016

    Scientists at the University of Dundee have discovered that “molecular scissors” that repair damaged and abnormal DNA are critical for keeping cancers at bay.   The laboratory of Professor John Rouse at the University’s Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitlation Unit (MRC-PPU) first discovered that a protein called FAN1 was important for cutting and repairing damaged DNA in our cells in 2010.  

  • 04 Feb 2016

    A University of Dundee researcher has been awarded a prestigious €2million grant to investigate how DNA becomes damaged, leading to ageing and disease.   Dr Helen Walden, of the University’s School of Life Sciences, has been awarded the European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant. The highly competitive awards are given to the best and most creative researchers working in Europe.