University of Dundee

Latest News for 12/2021

December 2016

  • Professor Irwin McLean
    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.

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.  

October 2015

July 2015

  • 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.  

February 2015

  • 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.  

May 2014

  • 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.

November 2013

June 2013

October 2012

  • 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.

July 2012

  • 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.