26 Oct 2015

Scientists discover a ‘switchboard’ of molecules that protect against Parkinson’s disease

A `switchboard’ of molecules that play a vital role in protecting the brain against Parkinson’s disease has been uncovered by a research team led by the University of Dundee. The discovery of these ‘switchboard’ molecules by scientists at the University’s Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit (MRC-PPU) solves a mystery of how different genetic causes of Parkinson’s are linked at the molecular level. Previous research had identified that mutations in a gene called PINK1 led to Parkinson’s. The PINK1 gene encodes for an important en...

22 Oct 2015

University wins `Britain In Bloom' Environment Award

The University of Dundee has earned a `Britain In Bloom’ Environment Award, helping the city to win the overall City Category for 2015. The University’s award came in recognition of its work in recycling and sustainability. Trudy Cunningham, Environment & Sustainability Officer at the University, said, “This is fantastic news and great recognition for the efforts the University has made over the past few years to improve our environmental sustainability. We work extremely hard to conserve energy and reduce waste and we source locally and responsibly wherever possible. “We have a...

22 Oct 2015

Blood pressure tablets offer radiotherapy protection for prostate cancer patients

Blood pressure medication could help protect men from complications arising from radiotherapy for prostate cancer, a new study by researchers at the University of Dundee has found. Radiotherapy is an established treatment for cancer which has been confined to the prostate gland. However, the treatment can cause collateral damage to other parts of the colorectal region. This can result in bleeding and increased toilet visits and has also been observed to be a risk factor for other colorectal cancers. Ghulam Nabi and colleagues in the School of Medicine at Dundee analysed outcomes for over 300 patients who h...

21 Oct 2015

`Devil Take the Hindmost’ – and £10,000 Dundee International Book Prize

The winner of the Dundee International Book Prize 2015 has been announced as Martin Cathcart Froden, for his debut novel “Devil Take The Hindmost”. Martin receives a prize of £10,000 and a publishing deal with Freight Books after emerging from an intensely competitive field of almost 500 entries. “I am absolutely over the moon!” said an elated Martin. “Winning the Dundee International Book Prize is a dream come true. It's one of those life-changing surprises. I am so, so happy.” Originally from Sweden, Martin has lived in Canada, Israel, Argenti...

20 Oct 2015

Maker Speed Dater looks to link Dundee creatives and businesses

Maker Speed Dater is an exciting new initiative that aims to bring together manufacturers and designers, to encourage innovative change - and to make exciting new products happen. It comes to Dundee this Thursday and local manufacturers and businesses are invited to take part. Make Works, a Scottish factory-finding platform for artists, designers and makers has teamed up with Creative Dundee to bring Maker Speed Dater to the city. Professor Mike Press, of the University of Dundee, is hosting the event which will take place at Drouthy’s on Perth Road.  This unique event p...