29 Jul 2016

Lab method sheds light on how genetic mutations cause inherited Parkinson’s disease

Researchers led by the University of Dundee’s Professor Dario Alessi have developed a new method of measuring the activity of disease-causing mutations in the LRRK2 gene, a major cause of inherited Parkinson’s disease. The team believes this research, which is published in Biochemical Journal, could help pave the way for future development of a clinical test that could facilitate evaluation of drugs to target this form of the condition. Mutations in the LRRK2 gene are the most common cause of genetic Parkinson’s disease. The most common disease-causing mutation in this gene increases the ...

Lab method sheds light on how genetic mutations cause inherited Parkinson’s disease

28 Jul 2016

Death on the Fringe

Staff and students from the University of Dundee will explore what happens when you shuffle off this mortal coil as they take to the stage at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe next weekend. The previously unseen ‘Death Pantomime’ written by Eddie Small, English Tutor at the University, will feature staff and students from across the institution in a bid to raise awareness of the cultural changes in our traditions of death over the last 80 years through dark comedy and song. The play searches the culture of death in Scotland and seeks to highlight how bereavement has changed, as more and more cultur...

Death on the Fringe

27 Jul 2016

University in Top 10 for graduate employment

The University of Dundee is one of the top UK universities for graduate employment, according to this year’s Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey. The survey, published by the Higher Education Statistics Authority, shows that 96.2% of Dundee graduates were in work or further study six months after graduation, up from 94.5% last year. In analysis of the data carried out by Times Higher Education, only seven large UK institutions scored higher. The figure for those in work, study or due to start work rises to 96.9%, up from 96.0%, with unemployment among graduates from the Univer...

University in Top 10 for graduate employment

27 Jul 2016

New exhibition focuses on cult classic console

The University of Dundee’s Centrespace Gallery is hosting a unique exhibition involving a cult classic video games console. The Netherland’s based artistic duo, JODI, also known as Jodi.org, will be featuring experiments they have carried out using a ZX Spectrum, the 8-bit home computer that was manufactured in Dundee. The exhibition will include their programmes written in the computer language BASIC and their modification of ‘Jet Set Willy’, the popular platform game made available for the console in the mid-80s. Joan Heemskerk and Dirk Paesmans together form JODI and have recentl...

New exhibition focuses on cult classic console

26 Jul 2016

Dundee International Book Prize 2016 shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Dundee International Book Prize has been drawn from three continents, with novels from as far south as New Zealand, to Scotland’s most northerly tip. From hundreds of entries, ten authors will battle it out for a publishing deal with Freight Books, a £5000 cash prize, and a week’s protected writing time in Dundee. Peggy Hughes, Manager of Literary Dundee, said, “The Dundee International Book Prize is a vital part of our work, and a key way in which we celebrate and champion new voices. This year’s shortlist is a stellar mix of international ...

Dundee International Book Prize 2016 shortlist announced