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, ...

19 Jan 2016

Lego robots to battle waste – and each other

Lego robots will this weekend battle it out at the University of Dundee to prove they have what it takes to help to tackle the world’s waste problems. The FIRST LEGO League (FLL) event will see teams of youngsters aged 9-16 from the Tayside area compete against each other in a series of challenges designed to make the participants think about the challenges created by waste. It takes place at the University’s Queen Mother Building from 10am to 3pm on Saturday, 23rd January. Having designed and built autonomous robots using mechanics and Lego, the young master builders and inventors have been ge...

Lego robots to battle waste – and each other

18 Jan 2016

Goldsmiths bursary for Beth

University of Dundee student Beth Henderson has seen her intricate silversmithing skills recognised at the Goldsmith’s Precious Metal Bursary Awards 2016. Twenty-one-year-old Beth, originally from Caithness, has won a Goldsmiths Precious Metal Bursary Award of £1000 to enable her to buy materials for her work. The final-year Jewellery & Metal Design student was one of several winners in the national competition and impressed the judges by taking a contemporary twist to traditional silversmithing design, combing multiple construction methods to depict a beautiful silver vessel representing t...

Goldsmiths bursary for Beth

15 Jan 2016

Great War Dundee wins 2016 Stephen Fry Award

The Great War Dundee (GWD) Commemorative Project has won the Stephen Fry Award for Excellence in Public Engagement with Research 2016. University of Dundee historians Dr Billy Kenefick and Dr Derek Patrick co-founded the GWD project and, alongside partner groups, are coordinating the city-wide approach to commemorate the conflict. Their research has led to startling discoveries about Dundee’s contribution to the war effort as well as a greater understanding of the conflict’s impact and legacy in the city. Through various initiatives and events, Dr Kenefick, Dr Derek Patrick and their colleagues...

Great War Dundee wins 2016 Stephen Fry Award

14 Jan 2016

University set to benefit from IOMet Pharma deal

The University of Dundee is set to benefit after a specialist Scottish drug discovery firm it helped to grow was bought out in a multi-million pound £280 million deal. Researchers at the University worked with Edinburgh-based IOmet Pharma to develop IDO and TDO inhibitors – rate-limiting enzymes that are key targets for the global pharmaceutical industry in the field of cancer immunotherapy. The New Jersey-based global health care group Merck has announced it had acquired IOmet and its clinical pipeline through its MSD subsidiary. As the deal went through, IOmet chief executive Dr Alan Wise pai...

University set to benefit from IOMet Pharma deal