1 Feb 2016

Saturday Evening Lecture Series 2016

Subjects ranging from the Arctic to Afghanistan, crime to comics, and disease to design will be explored during this year’s Saturday Evening Lecture Series (SELS) at the University of Dundee. The flagship series will begin its 2016 run on Saturday, 13th February when Greenpeace activist Ben Stewart recounts the peaceful protest against oil drilling in the Arctic that led to 30 of his colleagues spending months in a Russian jail after being charged with piracy. SELS is Scotland's oldest continuous free public lecture series and attracts thousands of people each year eager to hear from prestigious, wor...

Saturday Evening Lecture Series 2016

1 Feb 2016

Dundee scientists find DNA “molecular scissors” are vital in preventing cancers

Scientists at the University of Dundee have discovered that “molecular scissors” that repair damaged and abnormal DNA are critical for keeping cancers at bay. The laboratory of Professor John Rouse at the University’s Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitlation Unit (MRC-PPU) first discovered that a protein called FAN1 was important for cutting and repairing damaged DNA in our cells in 2010. Recent work carried out by Dr Christophe Lachaud under the direction of Professor Rouse have shown that FAN1 carries out another important task separate from repairing DNA, but ...

Dundee scientists find DNA “molecular scissors” are vital in preventing cancers

28 Jan 2016

Identifying Another Piece in the Parkinson's Disease Pathology Puzzle

International Consortium Identifies and Validates Cellular Role of Priority Parkinson’s Disease Drug Target, LRRK2 Kinase An international public-private consortium of researchers brought together by the University of Dundee and led by The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research has identified and validated for the first time the cellular role of a primary Parkinson’s disease drug target. In work published in eLife, the team comprising investigators from the University of Dundee, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, GlaxoSmithKline and MSD, known as Merck & Co., Inc., in...

Identifying Another Piece in the Parkinson's Disease Pathology Puzzle

26 Jan 2016

`Mathematics – the framework of life’

A common perception is that mathematics has no relevance to “the real world”. Yet, as a University of Dundee Professor will make clear in a public lecture this week, we interact with mathematics throughout our daily lives and mathematical tools are being used to address some of the most fundamental challenges facing mankind today. Professor Fordyce Davidson, Acting Dean of Science and Engineering at Dundee, will deliver his talk, `Mathematics – the framework of life’, for the British Association of Science this week. “Many people struggle to engage with mathematics, because th...

`Mathematics – the framework of life’

26 Jan 2016

Royal Society of Chemistry award for Dundee researcher

Dr Alessio Ciulli of the University of Dundee has been named the winner of a major award from the Royal Society of Chemistry. Dr Ciulli, from the University’s School of Life Sciences, has been named joint winner of the Capps Green Zomaya Memorial Award by the RSC. The award recognises outstanding work in medicinal or computational medicinal chemistry and is given to `an individual judged to have made an important contribution to the discovery or development of new medicines’, with nominations open to candidates up to the age of 40. The award has been given to Dr Ciulli in recognition of his wor...

Royal Society of Chemistry award for Dundee researcher