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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.

£1 million grant to help drive innovation

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.

New tools for the fight against COVID-19

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

Sir Henry Dale Fellowship for Joana Faria to establish group at York

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).

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