22 Jan 2016

Medical school access `dominated by most affluent’, says new study

Access to medical school across the UK is still dominated by students from more affluent parts of society, a new study led by the University of Dundee has shown. The study has revealed considerable variation between the four UK nations and between different medical schools. Researchers from the Universities of Dundee and Central Lancashire analysed application data for 22 medical schools and around 30,000 applicants across the UK for the three years from 2009-10 to 2011-12, The study was supported by the UK Clinical Aptitude Test consortium (http://www.ukcat.ac.uk/our-research ) which provided data. The re...

Medical school access `dominated by most affluent’, says new study

22 Jan 2016

£1.3million funding for research into the cellular division errors that drive cancer

The University of Dundee’s Dr Adrian Saurin has been awarded £1.3million to explore how the body’s cells replicate themselves correctly and why this goes wrong in cancer. Dr Saurin, of the University’s School of Medicine, has received the funding from Cancer Research UK to carry out fundamental research into the mechanism of cellular division. Four new posts will be created as part of the six-year study. When division occurs, the new cells should be exact copies of the original but this process goes wrong in the vast majority of cancer cells. The result is that cells within the same...

£1.3million funding for research into the cellular division errors that drive cancer

22 Jan 2016

BAUM’s Tree of Life to grow from Apple seeds

A fledgling Dundee-based games company will launch their first game in style this week as it goes live on the Apple App store in 12 different languages. BAUM is an enchanting, highly-addictive 2D platform game and is the first release of Dundee independent games studio, A Fox Wot I Drew. The company is the brainchild of the trio of Dominic Littler, Dan Allan and Kai Creedon, who originally joined forces for Abertay University’s `Dare To Be Digital’ competition in 2014, where they won the inaugural Design in Action / Dare to be Digital Prize for Commercial Potential, worth £20,000. Transla...

BAUM’s Tree of Life to grow from Apple seeds

20 Jan 2016

Top researchers to celebrate the career of retiring Professor

Some of the world’s top diabetes researchers will gather at the University of Dundee on Friday to pay tribute to Professor Steve Greene. Professor Greene, himself an internationally renowned figure in the field, is retiring after a stellar academic and clinical career which saw him significantly further the medical profession’s knowledge of juvenile diabetes. ‘Discovering Diabetes in Dundee’ is a conference organised to celebrate Professor Greene’s achievements on the occasion of his retirement. It takes place from 12pm-5pm on Friday, 22nd January at the Gannochy Trust Lecture...

Top researchers to celebrate the career of retiring Professor

20 Jan 2016

Phenomics Discovery Initiative launched

The Universities of Dundee, Oxford and Edinburgh have announced the formation of the Phenotypic Discovery Initiative (PDi) with Janssen Pharmaceutica N.V. the first industry partner joining the initiative. A phenotype is one or more observable features or traits that report changes in a biological system or its reaction its environment. Phenotypic screening is the systematic identification of agents (such as small molecules, biological molecules or genetic mutations) that alter a phenotype. Phenotypic changes are a factor in most diseases, whether it is a cancer cell undergoing uncontrolled cell division, ...