18 May 2016

Study shows new way to predict COPD progression

New research from the University of Dundee has found that a process initiated in white blood cells known as neutrophils may lead to worse outcomes for some patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The discovery may help identify patients at higher risk for COPD progression, who might also show little benefit from standard treatments. The study was presented at the ATS (American Thoracic Society) 2016 International Conference in San Francisco. “We have known for many years that neutrophils should be able to fight infection, but we haven’t fully understood why they don’t ...

Study shows new way to predict COPD progression

18 May 2016

Grief inspires hauntingly beautiful tribute to brother and reflection on life

The death of her beloved brother and other family members led to the creation of the hauntingly beautiful work that Gentian Meikleham is exhibiting at this year’s Art, Design and Architecture Degree Show at the University of Dundee. Gentian (25), originally from Monifieth, worked in direct response to her experiences of loss, particularly following the passing of her brother Koan, during her time at University. She developed sculpture, performance, film and writing around the themes of memory, childhood, longing, time and melancholy, with each element using carefully considered materials, often with ...

Grief inspires hauntingly beautiful tribute to brother and reflection on life

17 May 2016

Budding first for inorganic flora artist

The first exhibition in Scotland featuring the work of award-winning Japanese digital artist Macoto Murayama will be on display at the University of Dundee until late August. Inspired by the unique work of internationally renowned polymath D’Arcy Thompson, the University’s first Professor of Biology, as well as the mathematical patterns of growth in plants, Murayama’s work features exquisitely beautiful prints of plant forms as if they were engineers’ blueprints. Curator Matthew Jarron explained, “Murayama’s exhibition features what he calls ‘inorganic flora’...

Budding first for inorganic flora artist

17 May 2016

Kenneth overcomes obstacles to emerge as leading young design talent

A stellar undergraduate career has seen University of Dundee student Kenneth Meek establish himself as one of the country’s top young graphic designers – despite being registered blind. Twenty-three-year-old Kenneth, originally from Glasgow, suffers from nystagmus, a condition that causes involuntary eye movement and impaired vision. Although he has difficulty focusing on objects, Kenneth’s design aptitude, visual communication skills and creativity have seen him overcome this considerable obstacle to win plaudits and awards for projects focusing on serious social and cultural issues. His...

Kenneth overcomes obstacles to emerge as leading young design talent

17 May 2016

Global experts celebrate 10th anniversary of Drug Discovery Unit

The University of Dundee will host an international symposium this week to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of its Drug Discovery Unit, the world-renowned centre which last year revealed the discovery of a potential anti-malarial compound. The event in the University’s School of Life Sciences marks a decade of academic drug discovery and working with partners to deliver possible new treatment for malaria, tuberculosis, leishmaniasis, cancer and many other diseases. The Drug Discovery Unit (DDU) was born in 2006 when Professors Alan Fairlamb and Mike Ferguson, working on tropical parasitic diseases in t...

Global experts celebrate 10th anniversary of Drug Discovery Unit