University of Dundee

Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research (CAIR)

Dundee's young women to become medicine makers

The University of Dundee will help to inspire the next generation of female scientists when it welcomes around 80 local youngsters to campus tonight. Members of Girlguiding Dundee will have the opportunity to earn a unique badge on an educational visit to the University’s School of Life Sciences. The ‘Medicine Maker’ insignia will be awarded to Rainbows, Brownies and Guides when they work with University scientists to learn about bacteria, disease and the role of women scientists to mark UNESCO’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

School Prizes awarded at Review of the Year

A number of school prizes were presented at Review of the Year today.

Innovator of the Year

New for this year, Innovator of the Year, two categories were introduced for best innovation and for early-stage new business ideas. In partnership with the Centre of Entrepreneurship, the winners are guaranteed an automatic place in the appropriate category of the University of Dundee, Venture 2019 Final, plus a chance to participate in the on-campus three month summer Elevator accelerator programme.

Horn lab challenge trypanosome energy production dogma

Parasitic protozoa called trypanosomes synthesize sugars using an unexpected metabolic pathway called gluconeogenesis, according to a new study published in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens. The research led by Professor David Horn's team, in particular lead author Dr Julie Kovarova, in collaboration with Professors Mike Ferguson (Dundee) and Mike Barrett (Glasgow) note that this metabolic flexibility may be essential for adaptation to environmental conditions and survival in mammalian host tissues.

WCAIR’s Malawi mission to aid African science

The work of scientists in some of Africa’s remotest communities is about to be transformed by the University of Dundee. A team from the University’s Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research (WCAIR) will travel to Malawi this week with crates of apparatus to be distributed to local researchers. Part of an ongoing initiative by the University’s School of Life Sciences to support scientists in the developing world, four members of staff from the WCAIR flew out to Africa on yesterday.

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