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February 2020

  • Senga Robertson-Albertyn with the RSE Innovator Medal. Credit: Arms & Legs and licensed by RSE.
    11 Feb 2020

    Senga Robertson-Albertyn received the prestigious RSE Innovators Prize for Public Engagement last week at the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Winter Lecture at Wallace High School in Stirling. Senga is from the Division of Plant Sciences based at the James Hutton Institute and she won the award in recognition of her contribution to communicating science in a fun and interactive way. This work was carried out during the course of her PhD studies.

  • Rogue communications in the membrane of blood stem cells. Image credit: Ilpo Vattulainen and Joni Vuorio from the University of Helsinki.
    10 Feb 2020

    New research has deciphered how rogue communications in blood stem cells can cause Leukaemia. The discovery, published in the journal Science, could pave the way for new, targeted medical treatments that block this process. Blood cancers like leukaemia occur when mutations in stem cells cause them to produce too many blood cells.

  • Megan Bergkessel and Leeanne McGurk
    10 Feb 2020

    Megan Bergkessel and Leeanne McGurk have been awarded funding from the Springboard scheme of the Academy of Medical Sciences, which is designed to help early career researchers establish their independent research programmes.

  • 03 Feb 2020

    University of Dundee researchers have shown how a natural product derived from a group of fungi that has inspired horror novels, movies and computer games works to switch on a protein known to affect cancer cells.

  • Davide Bulgarelli
    03 Feb 2020

    After conducting a field trial at a tomato farm near Ravenna, Italy, a team of plant pathologists and agronomists found that nitrogen fertilizers shape the composition and predicted functions of the plant microbiota. The microbiota refers to the community of microorganisms found in the interface between the soil and the roots of a plant. Similarly to the human digestive tract, the microbiota can help or hinder the plant’s nutrition as it is responsible for the uptake of minerals from the soil. 

January 2020

  • Professor Andrew Hopkins
    30 Jan 2020

    Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma and Exscientia announce that a phase I clinical study of DSP-1181, that was created using Artificial Intelligence (AI), has been initiated in Japan for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder as an initial indication.

  • Dr. Henry McSorley
    30 Jan 2020

    Dr. Henry McSorley has joined the School this month as a member of the Division on Cell Signalling and Immunology. He will be joint deputy head of division alongside Hari Hundal.

  • 29 Jan 2020

    The University of Dundee is among more than 30 international institutions joining forces to find new drug treatments for tuberculosis. The ERA4TB (European Regimen Accelerator for Tuberculosis) project is a public-private initiative dedicated to the development of drugs against tuberculosis. With a team of more than 30 organisations and a budget of over 200 million euros, ERA4TB will focus on developing a new, improved tuberculosis treatment. The partners will share their expertise, knowledge and resources to rapidly progress new candidate drugs into clinical trials.

  • Green recycling bins
    29 Jan 2020

    This month, our Central Technical Services started collecting the plastic recycling waste from pick-up points around the SLS complex. Any clean, dry and millable plastic, even coloured plastic can be recycled but it must be clean, contamination free and dry. Green recycling bins are now in place within all labs with guidance signage on what can and cannot be placed in them. In order to ensure the best standard operating procedure is in place, throughout January the CTS team, especially Scott MacQueen, Vicki Murray and Wendy Chalmers, have:

  • NPSC robot and microscope
    28 Jan 2020

    Researchers at the University of Dundee have developed an unrivalled, fully automated robotic screening system which allows them to rapidly test the effect of drugs and other chemicals on human sperm. The research team at Dundee, led by Professor Chris Barratt and Dr Paul Andrews, are working towards finding a safe and effective male contraceptive. Results of their latest study, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, are published in the journal eLife.