10 Sep 2021
Virginia De Cesare has been awarded a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship, one of the UK’s flagship fellowship schemes for early career investigators, in addition to being promoted to an Independent Investigator position within the MRC-PPU.
03 Aug 2021
Treating mice that have a Parkinson’s disease-causing mutation with a small molecule compound restores the removal of damaged mitochondria from their brain cells, shows a study published today in eLife. The findings may help explain what goes wrong in dopamine-producing brain cells in people with mutations that cause Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is caused by the progressive loss of brain cells that produce dopamine. This causes the hallmark symptoms of the disease, including tremors, rigid movements, sleep problems and dementia.
15 Jul 2021
Dozens of dedicated fundraisers have smashed a fundraising target to support Parkinson’s research at the University of Dundee. The University’s 30 Days Challenge has raised over £40,000 after fundraisers cycled, ran, hula-hooped and baked their way through June for the cause. The final tally demolished the initial £10,000 target set by organisers, with the event having captured the imagination of donors across the country, as well as television personality and former University Rector Lorraine Kelly.
14 Jul 2021
Postdoctoral researchers from MRC-PPU are pleased to be involved in organizing the 6th Scottish Biomedical Postdoctoral Researcher Conference, along with postdoctoral societies at the Institute of Genetics and Cancer (University of Edinburgh) and CRUK Beatson Institute (University of Glasgow). They invite researchers from the Scottish institutes and universities to join them for this virtual conference on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th of September 2021, 1.00 – 4.30pm.
13 Jul 2021
At least 1 in 100 people in the UK are estimated to have the gluten-driven autoimmune disorder, coeliac disease. The only treatment for coeliac disease is a life-long gluten-free diet, and there is an unmet clinical need for alternative treatment options. A lab team led by Dr Mahima Swamy in the School of Life Sciences has investigated how IL-15 leads to activation of intestinal immune cells and identified PIM Kinases as potential targets to reduce inflammatory responses.
05 Jul 2021
Seven new papers have been published this month in The Biochemical Journal, representing a major collaboration between multiple groups at the Francis Crick Institute in London, University College London and The University of Dundee. Led by John Diffley at the Francis Crick Institute, with important contributions in Dundee from the groups of Yogesh Kulathu and Karim Labib in the MRC Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit, together with Vicky Cowling in the division of Gene Regulation and Expression, the idea was to ‘repurpose’ existing drugs to combat the SARS-CoV-2 virus that caus
24 May 2021
Some of Scotland’s most prominent Parkinson’s Disease campaigners and supporters are to cycle hundreds of miles for a University of Dundee fundraising campaign. Members of the “Shaky Team” will be getting on their bikes to cycle 30 kilometres every third day throughout June for the University’s 30 Days Challenge, raising funds for Parkinson's research at the University.
03 May 2021
Last week, the University recognized students that go above and beyond in their annual Dundee Plus Awards. The awards celebrated the work of students who have used their free time to assist their communities and expand their own skillsets, despite the challenges posed by the pandemic.
11 Mar 2021
The impact that an ageing population has on the health and wellbeing of individuals, groups, communities and societies, and what we can do to address these challenges, will be the focus of a University of Dundee lecture.
01 Mar 2021
The MRC PPU’s collaboration with the MRC CVR in Glasgow to generate a SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus Toolkit has yielded its second important publication.