11 May 2017

Students 'University Challenge' for historic team

Dundee’s historic University Challenge champions from the 1980s will return to the city next week to take on the students set to represent the University in next years’ television series. The 1983 side became the second only Scottish team to win the competition, a record that hasn’t been added to since. They will once again flex their mental muscles when they return to campus for the University’s 50th Anniversary celebrations on Saturday, 20th May. Three of the 1983 team, James A. Smith (Economics and Politics), Graeme Davidson (Law) and Peter Burt (Zoology) will be joined by Tom Mc...

Students 'University Challenge' for historic team

10 May 2017

Dundee scientists help provide UK stem cell resource

One of the largest sets of high quality human induced pluripotent stem cell lines from healthy individuals has been produced by a consortium led by the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and involving the researchers from the School of Life Sciences at Dundee.  Comprehensively annotated and available for independent research, the hundreds of stem cell lines are a powerful resource for scientists studying human development and disease, the authors report in the journal Nature. With collaborative partners from King’s College London, the European Bioinformatics Institute, the University of Dundee...

Dundee scientists help provide UK stem cell resource

10 May 2017

‘Protein missile’ raises possibility of disease breakthroughs

University of Dundee researchers have shown that it is possible to rapidly target and destroy specific proteins in cells, raising the possibility of developing new ways of targeting ‘undruggable’ proteins in diseases. Proteins, known as the building blocks of life, are vital to our existence and are found in every cell on Earth. They come in a huge variety of forms and perform a wide range of functions, including defending against diseases. In the vast majority of human diseases, amplification or genetic mutations alter the protein function in cells and this is what causes the damage that disea...

‘Protein missile’ raises possibility of disease breakthroughs

9 May 2017

Degree Show 2017

The University of Dundee will once more be transformed into Scotland’s largest exhibition space next week when the annual Art, Design & Architecture Degree Show begins its 2017 run. The traditional Preview Evening takes place on Friday, 19th May before the exhibition officially opens to the public the next day. Degree Show takes place throughout the two buildings and fourteen floors that comprise Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, with every spare space hosting exhibits from some of the UK’s brightest emerging creative talents. Almost 350 students from Duncan of Jordanstone ...

Degree Show 2017

9 May 2017

Budding gamers to ‘Minecraft’ University birthday building

The University of Dundee is seeking Minecrafters to design and build an iconic University building in a virtual Dundee later this month. Gaming enthusiasts, budding architects and designers are invited to register teams of five for a 50-hour long design jam during the 50th Anniversary weekend at the University. The teams will vie against one another to craft a brand new building in Minecraft on the Xbox One with support from 4J Studios, who have previously built Edinburgh Castle, the Forth Rail Bridge and the V&A Museum of Design, Dundee in the virtual world. Professor Sir Pete Downes, Principal and V...

Budding gamers to ‘Minecraft’ University birthday building