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The Scottish Institute for Cell Signalling to be set up in Dundee

The Scottish Government has confirmed a new £10 million life sciences institute for Dundee.

“We welcome this announcement from the Scottish Government that they are to provide £10 million to form the Scottish Institute for Cell Signalling at Dundee,” said Sir Philip Cohen who will be leading research at the Scottish Institute for Cell Signalling

Fungi Have a Hand in Depleted Uranium's Environmental Fate

Fungi may have an important role to play in the fate of potentially dangerous depleted uranium left in the environment after recent war campaigns, according to a new report from researchers at the University of Dundee.

The research, published in the prestigious journal `Current Biology’, found evidence that fungi can “lock” depleted uranium into a mineral form that may be less likely to find its way into plants, animals or the water supply.

Dario Alessi elected a Fellow of The Royal Society

Professor Dario Alessi, Deputy Director of the Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation Unit and Professor of Cell Signalling in the College of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee, has been elected a Fellow of The Royal Society of London, the highest accolade a UK scientist can receive.

Professor Alessi’s election to the Royal Society recognises his major contributions to our understanding of how mutations in particular enzymes cause diabetes, cancer and hypertension.

Professor Mike Ferguson Receives CBE

Professor Mike Ferguson, Dean of Research at the University of Dundee’s College of Life Sciences, received his CBE from The Queen in Edinburgh yesterday (Tuesday, 1 July).

Professor Ferguson, a Fellow of The Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Royal Society of London and the Academy of Medical Sciences, is a world-renowned specialist in the biochemistry of tropical diseases and was given the award in the New Year’s Honours List for Services to Science.

Philip Cohen receives Royal Medal

Sir Philip Cohen, Director of the Medical Research Council’s Protein Phosphorylation Unit, Royal Society Research Professor at the University of Dundee, and Director-Designate of the newly established Scottish Institute for Cell Signalling, has been awarded the Royal Society’s prestigious Royal Medal, it was announced today (Thursday 10 July).

Professor Cohen is the fourth scientist in his Unit to receive an eminent award since the start of the year, making 2008 a particularly special year both for the individual recipients and the Unit as a whole.

Professor Sue Black receives humanitarian award from the RAI

Professor Sue Black OBE FRSE, Professor of Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology and Director of the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification, is the 2008 recipient of the Lucy Mair Medal for Applied Anthropology from the Royal Anthropological Institute. The Lucy Mair Medal is awarded to honour excellence in the application of anthropology to the relief of poverty and distress, and to the active recognition of human dignity.