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.
19 Jul 2021
The expansion of an exemplary industry-academia collaboration will see the University of Dundee, in partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim, intensify its efforts to develop new medicines that target and destroy key cancer-causing proteins, which have previously been regarded as undruggable.
16 Jul 2021
Local children are being offered a special experience over the summer holidays in the first ever Dundee Science Centre STEM summer club. Each week, a different pre-selected set of 20 children will enjoy a packed programme of workshops and activities created by the University of Dundee and the Science Centre. As well as exploring the recently transformed attraction, youngsters will design and build amazing contraptions using a range of materials, make their own science snacks, learn about forensics, make slime, and get to grips with dino rocks and fossils!
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.
07 Jul 2021
The University of Dundee has received £1 million to furbish a new centre that will foster the commercialisation of world-leading science while anchoring new biomedical companies and jobs in the city. The grant from the Wolfson Foundation will help contribute to the costs of fitting-out the Tay Cities Regional Innovation Hub with the flexible, state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities required by high-growth companies seeking to develop new medicines and medical technologies.
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
30 Jun 2021
Joana Faria, a postdoctoral researcher in David Horn’s Lab (BCDD-WCAIR) has been awarded a Sir Henry Dale Fellowship funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Royal Society. Joana was awarded over £1 million and will use this award to set up her laboratory at the York Biomedical Research Institute, University of York. Joana will study how a cell controls the expression of one gene out of a large gene family that code for variations of the same functional protein).
28 Jun 2021
Two hundred boxes packed with science activities and experiments are en route to some of Dundee's most deserving children this Summer. Funded and created by University of Dundee, the themed kits will be distributed by Dundee Science Centre, with one starter kit and a weekly kit to cover the six-week Summer break.