In many diseases, proteins aggregate into fibers. Why? One could think of molecular reasons, but here we try something more general. We propose that when particles with complex shapes aggregate, geometrical frustration builds up and fibers generically appear.
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A University of Dundee researcher is to join an international collaboration that brings scientists from academia together with one of the world’s largest pharma companies to help develop new drugs for cancer and other devastating diseases.
Doreen Cantrell, Professor of Cellular Immunology at the University’s School of Life Sciences, has been selected to join GSK’s Immunology Network, a programme designed to embed academic scientists in GSK laboratories with the goal to broaden scientific insight and drive major breakthroughs in applied immunology.
Dr Martin Balcerowicz has been awarded a five-year Royal Society University Fellowship to research how temperature affects plant growth. This work may provide ways to breed plants that are more resilient towards climate change.
Professor Hari Hundal has been appointed as Academic Regional Lead (ARL) for South Asia. International recruitment is a key strategic priority for the University, and Professor Hundal’s personal knowledge of the region and his dedication to the student experience make him an excellent appointee.
Professor Hundal is also acting as Race Equality Charter (REC) Lead and has completed a significant amount of work in this area. He will continue to progress in this role.
The twelve major BSc Honours degree programmes offered by the University of Dundee in Biological and Biomedical Sciences have been awarded accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology for a further five years. These programmes are Biochemistry, Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery, Biological Sciences (including with specialisms), Molecular Biology, Molecular Genetics, Microbiology, Biomedical Sciences, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, and Physiological Sciences. Re-accreditation follows an independent and rigorous review by the Society.
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.
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.