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“Shaky Team” cyclists gear up for University’s Parkinson’s campaign

Some of Scotland’s most prominent Parkinson’s Disease campaigners and supporters are to cycle hundreds of miles for a University of Dundee fundraising campaign.

Members of the “Shaky Team” will be getting on their bikes to cycle 30 kilometres every third day throughout June for the University’s 30 Days Challenge, raising funds for Parkinson's research at the University.

New cytokine signalling model aids understanding of autoimmune diseases

Collaborative research between scientists in the Division of Cell Signalling and Immunology and the University of Leeds has been published in eLife. The work highlights a new cytokine signalling model that helps to understand how cytokine responses become dysregulated and contribute to the development of autoimmune diseases – such as Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.

Life Sciences staff make Converge 2021 Semi-finals

Dr Helge Dorfmueller and Dr David Martin from the School have been announced as semi-finalists of Converge 2021.

Dr Dorfmueller has created RhaPSeda, a platform that could prove decisive in the battle against the a contagious bacteria StrepA that kills 500,000 people annually, mainly from low-income countries. Despite a 100-year hunt for a vaccine, none currently exists with the pathogen showing increasing signs of antibiotic resistance. RhapSeda’s patented technology significantly reduces manufacturing costs, taking us a step closer to a worldwide solution to this global killer.

Robbie Waugh appointed to Director of International Barley Hub

Professor Robbie Waugh, a renowned barley geneticist based at the James Hutton Institute and the University of Dundee, has been appointed Director of International Barley Hub (IBH).

Professor Waugh said, “I’m delighted to take on the challenge of leading IBH. Barley is one of the UK’s most valuable crops and investing in barley research can yield great returns and is likely to have a significant economic impact.”

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