Dundee team to research potential cardiovascular disease treatment

Faisel Khan and team

A University of Dundee research team hopes to find a new treatment for cardiovascular disease by identifying and “switching off” harmful enzymes that can cause inflammation in the blood vessels. The researchers have identified a group of enzymes called SIK’s that reduce the production of chemicals which protect the blood vessels from inflammation.  The team is hoping they can find a way of “switching off” these enzymes so the protective chemicals can do their job. The two year project is being funded with a £137,206 grant from national charity Heart Research UK and ...

Professor to shed light on how much sun is bad for you

Indre

As spring fights with snow to light up Scotland’s sunniest city, the ultra-violet radiation from the sun, as well as manmade sources such as sunbeds, is causing a spike in skin cancer rates across the country. Professor Charlotte Proby, from the University of Dundee, will discuss the hazards (and benefits) of our sun during the next Café Science event, which takes place at Avery & Co on Monday, 9th May. “Light and radiation from our Sun is the basis of life on Earth,” explains Professor Proby. “However, sunlight is a powerful carcinogen that is driving the current skin ca...

University signs zero tolerance pledge on sexual harassment.

Tim&Pete

Professor Sir Pete Downes will sign a zero tolerance policy against sexual harassment and bullying on campus with Dundee University Students’ Association (DUSA) later today. “Signing up to the policy, which was adopted by DUSA’s Student Representation Council two years ago, sends a strong campus-wide message that we don’t tolerate sexual harassment or bullying of any kind,” explained the Principal. “Sexual harassment and bullying isn’t acceptable in any aspect of society and I am proud that DUSA and the University that I am part of is doing its part to change socie...

Dundee researchers receive over £2m to boost fight against antimicrobial resistance and diseases

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Researchers at the University of Dundee, the UK’s leading university for biological sciences research, have been awarded millions of pounds of new project funding by the Wellcome Trust. The grants include two projects contributing to the fight against antimicrobial resistance, one of the major health problems facing the world today. The grants amount to over £2 million to researchers in the School of Life Sciences at Dundee. Professor Tracy Palmer, Head of the Division of Molecular Microbiology, has been given a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award of £1.2million for her project examining pr...

Fun in Dundee Botanic Garden for Plant Power Day

Botanic garden

The University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute are coming together in the name of ‘Plant Power’. They will be hosting an event on Saturday, May 21st at the University of Dundee’s Botanic Garden to highlight how fascinating plants are and how important they are to the past, present and future of humanity. There will be a range of activities taking place including hands on scientific workshops, falconry and face painting. Dr Kelly Houston, a plant geneticist from the James Hutton Institute, said, “We hope that the Plant Power Day offers something for everyone in the fantastic...