2 Feb 2016

Commission to discover University’s widening access successes

The University of Dundee will this week welcome a high-level delegation keen to hear about its sector-leading work in widening access to higher education. The Commission on Widening Access (CoWA), a group set up by the Scottish Government to help realise its ambition that children from the most deprived communities should have the same chance of going to university as those born in the least deprived, will visit Dundee on Wednesday, 3rd February. Staff and students will meet with Commissioners and deliver presentations outlining the University’s innovative and pioneering approach to widening access t...

Commission to discover University’s widening access successes

2 Feb 2016

Dundee-China collaboration discovers potential ‘Achilles heel’ of potato blight

Scientists working in Scotland and China have uncovered a potential Achilles’ heel in the organism which causes potato blight, a global problem with associated costs estimated at $6billion around the world every year. Blight was the cause of the infamous Irish potato famine in the nineteenth century and remains a huge problem around the world, particularly as more countries turn to potato as a major staple crop and ramp up production. China is now the world’s major producer of potatoes. Scientists at the University of Dundee and James Hutton Institute in Scotland have been working with colleagu...

Dundee-China collaboration discovers potential ‘Achilles heel’ of potato blight

1 Feb 2016

Saturday Evening Lecture Series 2016

Subjects ranging from the Arctic to Afghanistan, crime to comics, and disease to design will be explored during this year’s Saturday Evening Lecture Series (SELS) at the University of Dundee. The flagship series will begin its 2016 run on Saturday, 13th February when Greenpeace activist Ben Stewart recounts the peaceful protest against oil drilling in the Arctic that led to 30 of his colleagues spending months in a Russian jail after being charged with piracy. SELS is Scotland's oldest continuous free public lecture series and attracts thousands of people each year eager to hear from prestigious, wor...

Saturday Evening Lecture Series 2016

1 Feb 2016

Dundee scientists find DNA “molecular scissors” are vital in preventing cancers

Scientists at the University of Dundee have discovered that “molecular scissors” that repair damaged and abnormal DNA are critical for keeping cancers at bay. The laboratory of Professor John Rouse at the University’s Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitlation Unit (MRC-PPU) first discovered that a protein called FAN1 was important for cutting and repairing damaged DNA in our cells in 2010. Recent work carried out by Dr Christophe Lachaud under the direction of Professor Rouse have shown that FAN1 carries out another important task separate from repairing DNA, but ...

Dundee scientists find DNA “molecular scissors” are vital in preventing cancers

28 Jan 2016

Identifying Another Piece in the Parkinson's Disease Pathology Puzzle

International Consortium Identifies and Validates Cellular Role of Priority Parkinson’s Disease Drug Target, LRRK2 Kinase An international public-private consortium of researchers brought together by the University of Dundee and led by The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research has identified and validated for the first time the cellular role of a primary Parkinson’s disease drug target. In work published in eLife, the team comprising investigators from the University of Dundee, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, GlaxoSmithKline and MSD, known as Merck & Co., Inc., in...

Identifying Another Piece in the Parkinson's Disease Pathology Puzzle