2 Mar 2016

Lorraine Kelly becomes 100,000th volunteer to join SHARE

Television presenter – and former Rector of the University of Dundee – Lorraine Kelly has become the 100,000th volunteer to join a Scotland-wide effort to help shape the medicines of the future. SHARE (The Scottish Health Research Register) is a unique initiative which aims to make it easier for researchers to identify suitable recruits from Scotland to carry out ground breaking medical research. SHARE also uses blood left over from routine testing to help improve treatments for diseases such as Cancer, Diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Asthma. SHARE also makes it easier for people to get involve...

2 Mar 2016

‘hormonal’ – exhibition of art and science considers importance of oestrogen

Internationally renowned feminist activist artists Guerrilla Girls are bringing their attention-grabbing work to the University of Dundee for an exhibition taking place as part of the Women in Science Festival. The exhibition, ‘hormonal’ opens at LifeSpace Gallery on Thursday, 3rd March and brings together work by international women artists. The title of the exhibition refers to the hormone oestrogen, the subject of the works and of the exhibition. Hormones are a crucial part of our biology, sending signals between organs and tissues for the functioning of our body’s systems. Oestrogen i...

‘hormonal’ – exhibition of art and science considers importance of oestrogen

1 Mar 2016

Sixteen graduates for 2016 New Contemporaries

Fifteen graduate artists and one architect from the University of Dundee will exhibit their work at the 2016 Royal Scottish Academy New Contemporaries show, which opens in Edinburgh this weekend. Now in its eighth year New Contemporaries is regarded as the most prestigious showcase for young artists in Scotland and this year’s exhibition will take place at the RSA Galleries on The Mound from Saturday 5th to Wednesday 30th March. With more than £40,000 worth of monetary prizes up for grabs in addition to residency, studio and purchase prizes, the exhibition is an important initiative for Scotlan...

Sixteen graduates for 2016 New Contemporaries

29 Feb 2016

World’s only Women in Science Festival returns to Dundee

Dundee’s Women in Science Festival, the only event of its kind in the world, will next month bring authors, academics and entertainers come together to celebrate the achievements of female Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) pioneers. Exhibitions, talks, film screenings, fun days and other events will take place across the city in March, and the festival is supported by many of the internationally acclaimed female scientists and researchers working at the University and other local institutions. Women in Science 2016 will also highlight the many opportunities there are for women to purs...

29 Feb 2016

Researchers identify mechanism of rare blinding disorder

Scientists have identified a key mechanism that damages the cornea in Meesmann epithelial corneal dystrophy, a rare blinding disorder which is passed from parents to their children. Researchers at the Universities of Dundee and Ulster, working with colleagues in Denmark, have discovered that faults in a gene that is responsible for corneal cell structure and stability lead to protein misfolding and cell death. Meesmann epithelial corneal dystrophy (MECD) is a rare inherited condition in which very small cysts (microcysts) form in the outer layer (epithelium) of the cornea. Symptoms include sensitivity to l...