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Major funding award to further new male contraceptive research

University of Dundee research that aims to develop a new male contraceptive has been boosted by major new funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Experts will utilise the $1.7 million award over the next two years to continue their quest to identify suitable compounds with the potential to develop the first safe and effective male contraceptive drug.

Repair of mitochondrial recycling defect linked to Parkinson’s disease

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.

Science in the Summer!

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!

Thirty days of graft raises £40,000 for Parkinson’s research

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.

Scottish Biomedical Postdoctoral Researcher Conference 2021 is now open for registration

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.

Researchers discover coeliac disease drug target

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.

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