4 Nov 2016

New protein key to better drugs for neglected diseases

A newly identified method of activating drugs to combat one of the world’s most destructive `neglected’ diseases could lead to better medicines according to new research led by the University of Dundee. Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) is a disease which blights the developing world with 200,000 to 400,000 new cases and an estimated 40,000 deaths annually, making it the second biggest parasitic killer after malaria. The vast majority of cases are seen in seven countries - India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Brazil, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Sudan. There are no vaccines available and current drug treatments al...

New protein key to better drugs for neglected diseases

3 Nov 2016

Dundee iGEM team and local school pupils take home gold at world jamboree

A team of students from the University of Dundee and local school pupils have both won gold medals at this year’s iGEM Jamboree in Boston, USA. The students, from across the University, achieved the gold for their work to try and combat antimicrobial resistance in livestock. They noticed that the overuse of antibiotics, particularly in the poultry and pig farming industries, was causing problems. Instead of using conventional antibiotics, the students came up with idea to engineer a toxic protein to kill the pathogenic strains of bacteria that infect livestock. They planned to develop a new chicken f...

Dundee iGEM team and local school pupils take home gold at world jamboree

2 Nov 2016

Efforts to help doctors treat the dying recognised

A plaque marking the University of Dundee’s efforts to help doctors care more effectively for the dying has been unveiled at Ninewells Hospital. Palliation and the Caring Hospital (PATCH), a charity which supports specialist palliative care for patients in Scotland, unveiled the plaque at a ceremony attended by representatives of the University’s School of Medicine and NHS Tayside. The charity initiated the accolade in recognition of the unique collaboration between the three organisations, who have developed a series of workshops to help healthcare professionals have honest and open conversati...

Efforts to help doctors treat the dying recognised

31 Oct 2016

Spooky footage reveals fiendish forensics afoot

Leaked footage of Professor Dame Sue Black suggests something spooky is afoot at the University of Dundee. The video, showing what is believed to be an autopsy of a Martian, has been leaked by an unknown source from the University. In the footage, which is abruptly stopped by a masked man in a hazmat suit, Professor Black suggests that the ‘creature’ which was delivered to her mortuary is quite unlike anything she has ever seen before. The footage which can be viewed at https://youtu.be/rHMJZsb13MI , has surfaced only weeks before the Professor conducts an alien-autopsy in front of a live audie...

Spooky footage reveals fiendish forensics afoot

31 Oct 2016

‘Creating Comics: A Celebration of H. G. Wells’– Dundee Arts Cafe on November 1st

The work of one of the most influential science fiction writers of all time will be discussed at the next Dundee Arts Café. Professor Chris Murray, from the University of Dundee, will be exploring the adaptations of H. G. Wells’ stories in comics and will give an insight into the creative process behind comics. H. G. Wells’ books include The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, and The Invisible Man. Professor Murray said, “H. G. Wells was light years ahead of his time, with his novels still sparking interest to this very day. He brought forward futuristic and new ideas to life and...

‘Creating Comics: A Celebration of H. G. Wells’– Dundee Arts Cafe on November 1st