Latest News for 09/2018
07 May 2018
The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) has awarded MRC PPU Director Dario Alessi the 2018 MJFF Langston Award for “service and dedication to our shared goals of advancing Parkinson's understanding and therapeutic development”. For further information see here.
12 Apr 2018
Professor Sir Ian Wilmut – who led the team that created Dolly the sheep – has backed an initiative to tackle Parkinson’s disease, after being diagnosed with the condition.
07 Mar 2018
A Parkinson’s patient who has lived with the disease for more than a decade has visited the University of Dundee to see how money he has raised will be used to research potential new treatments for the condition.
10 Oct 2017
Researchers in the laboratory of Professor Alessio Ciulli have designed a small molecule that tricks a particular E3 ubiquitin ligase protein to destroy another of its kind. E3 ligases act like ‘molecular assassins’ in cells as they naturally tag unwanted proteins for cellular degradation. There are believed to be over 600 E3 ligases in the human cell and many are involved in human diseases, providing many attractive targets for drug discovery.
01 Aug 2016
Researchers led by the University of Dundee’s Professor Dario Alessi have developed a new method of measuring the activity of disease-causing mutations in the LRRK2 gene, a major cause of inherited Parkinson’s disease. The team believes this research, which is published in Biochemical Journal, could help pave the way for future development of a clinical test that could facilitate evaluation of drugs to target this form of the condition.
28 Jan 2016
International Consortium Identifies and Validates Cellular Role of Priority Parkinson’s Disease Drug Target, LRRK2 Kinase An international public-private consortium of researchers brought together by the University of Dundee and led by The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research has identified and validated for the first time the cellular role of a primary Parkinson’s disease drug target.
04 Feb 2014
The Academy of Medical Sciences announced this week that Professor Dario Alessi FRS FRSE FMedSci will deliver the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Distinguished Lecture in the Medical Sciences on 2 July 2014, as part of the annual Fellows Admission Day. Professor Alessi, Director of the MRC Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit at the University of Dundee, was elected as a Fellow of the Academy in 2012.
16 Jul 2013
Miratul Muqit of the Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit (MRC-PPU) at the University of Dundee has been awarded almost £1.9 million from the Wellcome Trust to investigate the causes of Parkinson’s disease.
22 May 2012
Scientists at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Protein Phosphorylation Unit at the University of Dundee have discovered a new molecular switch that acts to protect the brain from developing Parkinson’s disease. The findings have helped scientists understand how genetic mutations in a gene called PINK1 lead to Parkinson’s in patients as young as 8 years old - which could eventually lead to new ways to diagnose and treat the condition.
14 May 2012
The University of Dundee and the Medical Research Council (MRC) are pleased to announce new funding of over £14million from a consortium of six pharmaceutical companies for continuing research on the development of new drug treatments for major global diseases.