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September 2020

  • Julia Wcislo (credit: Julia Wcislo)
    15 Sep 2020

    An article by Julia Wcislo is one of the ten outstanding articles that have been shortlisted for the 2020 Max Perutz Science Writing Award, the MRC’s annual writing competition.

  • Clock-wise from top left: Beatriz Baragana, David Gray, Colin Robinson, Lesley-Anne Pearson
    01 Sep 2020

    Since the end of June, our researchers have been returning to the School of Life Sciences to restart their lab-based research. This work encompasses a diverse range of topics from microbiology to gene regulation and plant sciences to drug discovery. Alongside this, scientists are continuing to contribute to the worldwide efforts to tackle COVID-19. Some projects are progressing while others are just starting up following recent funding awards. What is it like as a scientist working with social distancing and additional measures in place in the research laboratories?

August 2020

  • 18 Aug 2020

    CARE (Corona Accelerated R&D in Europe) is the largest undertaking of its kind dedicated to discovering and developing urgently needed treatment options for Covid-19 The initiative is committed to a long-term understanding of the disease and development of therapies for Covid-19 and future coronavirus threats in addition to urgent efforts to repurpose existing therapies for a potential immediate response

July 2020

  • (from left): Mike Hannan, Karen Pope and Carol Urquhart
    02 Jul 2020

    During lockdown, the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee was not closed. Work continued albeit on a much smaller scale than usual, with the majority of the ongoing research focussed on coronavirus. Our support staff were absolutely critical in keeping the research complex functioning to allow this important work to happen. As we have entered phase 2 of the Scottish Government’s route map out of lockdown, we look back over the past few months and the challenges that our community in the School encountered and had to overcome.

June 2020

May 2020

  • 06 May 2020

    The Universities of Glasgow and Dundee have been awarded £225,000 to rapidly screen for potential COVID-19 treatments. The project is funded by the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator, an initiative launched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome, and Mastercard to speed up the response to the COVID-19 pandemic by funding the identification, assessment, development and scale up of treatments.

April 2020

  • DDD10749 - Malaria Compound
    28 Apr 2020

    Back in October 2013 Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) selected a compound designed and developed at the Drug Discovery Unit (DDU), University of Dundee to enter preclinical development. In June 2015, the discovery, properties and mode of action of the compound DDD107498 were published in the journal Nature.

  • Robot at work in the Drug Discovery Unit
    16 Apr 2020

    The University of Dundee is working with partners around the world as part of an expanding effort to rapidly repurpose existing drugs against Covid-19. An international research network established by Scripps Research centres around ReFRAME, the world’s leading collection of drugs known to be safe in humans. The network of collaborating scientific laboratories is aiming to leverage ReFRAME to find antiviral compounds against the novel coronavirus.

  • 06 Apr 2020

    University of Dundee researchers are studying a protein that aids the spread of COVID-19 in the hope of finding ways of blocking its function. The team, from the University’s Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit (MRC-PPU) are working in partnership with the Drug Discovery Unit (DDU) to study an enzyme found within the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 infection.

  • Professor David Gray in the DDU Biology Lab. Credit: John Post
    03 Apr 2020

    The University of Dundee has helped establish Scotland’s central COVID-19 testing facility in support of the national response to the coronavirus pandemic. The centre, based at the University of Glasgow, was announced by the UK Government yesterday as part of a series of measures to increase testing and response to the spread of COVID-19 across the UK. It will be opened in collaboration with the Scottish Government and industry experts from BioAscent Discovery Ltd and Dundee’s Drug Discovery Unit (DDU).

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