1 Aug 2020

Virtual work experience week engages pupils remotely

Over 40 pupils from across Scotland recently came together online to attend a virtual work experience week at the University of Dundee.  Each year the School of Life Sciences hosts S5-6 students from local schools to give pupils the opportunity to investigate potential career opportunities before moving into further education. This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Life Science Work Experience Week was brought online for the first time and included the School of Medicine, introducing pupils from across the country to the world of science research and study at the University.  The program...

Virtual work experience week engages pupils remotely

3 Jul 2020

Wimberley Award 2020 shared by Christoffer and Scott

The University's prestigious Wimberley Award has been given to joint winners, Scott Mackenzie and Christoffer Nielsen, who both showed outstanding academic achievement alongside a commitment to social, political and health advocacy throughout their time at the University of Dundee. The Wimberley Award is an annual honour given by the principal to students who have made a distinguished contribution to University life during their studies. Scott (23) graduated early in medicine and joined the cohort of junior doctors helping to fight the coronavirus pandemic, while Christoffer (24) graduated with a first-c...

Wimberley Award 2020 shared by Christoffer and Scott

30 Jun 2020

Re-purposed drugs could reverse blood vessel damage in diabetes

Drugs that were developed to treat Alzheimer’s Disease could be re-purposed to prevent - or even reverse - the damage done to the blood vessels in people who are obese or suffer from type 2 diabetes, according to new research. People suffering from a range of conditions called metabolic syndrome – which includes type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity – have a stiffening of their blood vessels that puts them at increased risk of a heart attack or stroke. In a breakthrough, scientists at the University of Dundee and the University of Leeds have discovered a key...

Re-purposed drugs could reverse blood vessel damage in diabetes

29 Jun 2020

University campaign welcomes major coronavirus campaign donation

A University of Dundee campaign to fund research into coronaviruses has received a significant donation from a Scottish charitable trust.  The contribution from the Northwood Charitable Trust, the associated charity of Dundee's renowned Thomson publishing family, will support scientists within the University’s Schools of Life Sciences and Medicine, who are undertaking valuable research to reveal the secrets of Covid-19 and contribute to vaccines and therapies for those affected by the disease.  Professor Inke Nathke, Interim Dean, School of Life Sciences, said, &l...

University campaign welcomes major coronavirus campaign donation

25 Jun 2020

World-first clinical trial raises hopes of new drug for chronic lung disease

A drug which reduces the risk of people living with a chronic lung disease from needing antibiotics or emergency hospital treatment could soon be a reality, according to the results of a clinical trial. The final results from the Phase 2 WILLOW study were announced today by James Chalmers, British Lung Foundation Professor of Respiratory Research at the University of Dundee, at a virtual meeting of the American Thoracic Society broadcast around the world. Scientists at the University, in collaboration with the global biopharmaceutical company Insmed Incorporated, tested brensocatib in patients li...

World-first clinical trial raises hopes of new drug for chronic lung disease