26 Oct 2015

`Outer Space Inner Space' marks Observatory's 80th anniversary

Mills Observatory in Dundee is celebrating 80 years of stargazing and public engagement with the official launch of a new interactive project developed by the University of Dundee. `Outer Space|Inner Space’ will give visitors to the Observatory the chance to delve into some of the world-leading research carried out at the University. A huge video wall will allow users to look at everything from the tiniest cells to outer space, based on research from the University in Life Sciences, Computing, Physics, Mathematics, Medicine and Astronomy. This ambitious project is funded by the Centre for Gene Regula...

26 Oct 2015

Lord Reed to give law lecture at University of Dundee

Lord Reed, one of the two Scottish Justices of Britain’s Supreme Court and one of the country’s leading authorities on human rights law, will deliver a public lecture at the University of Dundee on Friday October 30th. In his lecture `Triremes and Steamships: Legal Scholarship and Judicial Practice’ Lord Reed will discuss the differences between the approach to the law adopted in scholarship and the approach adopted in appellate judging. Lord Reed is one of the two Scottish Justices of The Supreme Court. After studying law at the universities of Edinburgh and Oxford, he was admitted to th...

26 Oct 2015

Scientists discover a ‘switchboard’ of molecules that protect against Parkinson’s disease

A `switchboard’ of molecules that play a vital role in protecting the brain against Parkinson’s disease has been uncovered by a research team led by the University of Dundee. The discovery of these ‘switchboard’ molecules by scientists at the University’s Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit (MRC-PPU) solves a mystery of how different genetic causes of Parkinson’s are linked at the molecular level. Previous research had identified that mutations in a gene called PINK1 led to Parkinson’s. The PINK1 gene encodes for an important en...

22 Oct 2015

University wins `Britain In Bloom' Environment Award

The University of Dundee has earned a `Britain In Bloom’ Environment Award, helping the city to win the overall City Category for 2015. The University’s award came in recognition of its work in recycling and sustainability. Trudy Cunningham, Environment & Sustainability Officer at the University, said, “This is fantastic news and great recognition for the efforts the University has made over the past few years to improve our environmental sustainability. We work extremely hard to conserve energy and reduce waste and we source locally and responsibly wherever possible. “We have a...

22 Oct 2015

Blood pressure tablets offer radiotherapy protection for prostate cancer patients

Blood pressure medication could help protect men from complications arising from radiotherapy for prostate cancer, a new study by researchers at the University of Dundee has found. Radiotherapy is an established treatment for cancer which has been confined to the prostate gland. However, the treatment can cause collateral damage to other parts of the colorectal region. This can result in bleeding and increased toilet visits and has also been observed to be a risk factor for other colorectal cancers. Ghulam Nabi and colleagues in the School of Medicine at Dundee analysed outcomes for over 300 patients who h...