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19 Dec 2016
Professor Irwin McLean has been elected as a Member of the Academia Europaea. Academia Europaea is a highly prestigious organisation whose members across Europe are scientists and scholars who collectively aim to promote learning, education and research. “I am delighted, surprised and honoured to have been elected to Academia Europaea.
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.
20 Oct 2015
Researchers including Dr Sara Brown and Professor Irwin McLean from the University of Dundee have discovered 10 new genetic variants that help determine which people will develop eczema, highlighting potential new targets for therapeutic research.
20 Jul 2015
Professor Irwin McLean of the University of Dundee has been awarded the prestigious Buchanan Medal of the Royal Society. The Buchanan Medal is awarded by the Royal Society, the world’s oldest scientific academy in continuous existence, for distinguished contributions to the medical sciences.
Drug Discovery Unit and McLean Lab formalise agreement with Pfizer Inc. to research potential new...05 Feb 2015
The University of Dundee has entered into a Research Program Agreement with Pfizer Inc. to jointly conduct research that may lead to potential novel treatments for Cystic Fibrosis. The project will be carried out as part of Pfizer’s Rare Disease Consortium and builds on a program of research within the laboratory of Professor Irwin McLean, Head of Molecular Medicine at Dundee, and the University’s Drug Discovery Unit.
02 May 2014
Professor Irwin McLean of the University of Dundee has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, the world's oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. Irwin McLean is Professor of Human Genetics, Scientific Director of the Centre for Dermatology and Genetic Medicine, and Head of the Division of Molecular Medicine at Dundee. He is a world renowned expert in the genetics of skin diseases, and his research group as identified the causative genes for more than 20 human diseases.
International research project identifies a new genetic mutation that helps explain the development...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 Jun 2013
The University of Dundee is awarding an honorary degree to genetic skin-disorder advocate Mary E. Schwartz, at this year’s summer Graduations in June.
19 Oct 2012
A new gene and the way it works has been identified as a factor in a skin disease which affects thousands of people in the UK. An international research team led by Professor Irwin McLean at the University of Dundee found that the `p34 gene’ played a key role in causing the disease punctate PPK, which gives sufferers dots of hard, thickened skin which can cause pain and discomfort.
19 Jul 2012
The Wellcome Trust has announced over £11 million in strategic funding to two research groups at the University of Dundee. A team led by Professor Irwin McLean has been awarded around £5.9m to help establish a Centre for Dermatology and Genetic Medicine, building on Dundee’s international reputation for research into the causes of skin diseases and developing new medicines for inherited skin disorders.