13 Oct 2015

‘Life and healthcare in the era of cures’ – Monday, 19th October

The hope that scientific breakthroughs offer to sufferers of diseases and the challenging questions they raise will be explored at the University of Dundee next week. Professor Patrick Vallance, Research and Development lead at GlaxoSmithKline, will deliver this year’s Dow Memorial Lecture 2015 at the Dalhousie Building, Old Hawkhill, on Monday, 19th October. ‘Life and healthcare in the era of cures’ will see Professor Vallance highlight the scientific opportunities that research promises as well as the philosophical, ethical and economic questions that society and government must face wh...

‘Life and healthcare in the era of cures’ – Monday, 19th October

12 Oct 2015

Armitstead Lectures 2015

The 128th series of Armitstead Lectures will begin at the University of Dundee this week when local historian Dr Norman Watson examines the history of the city’s revered publishers DC Thomson & Co. This year’s inaugural event takes place at 7.30pm on Friday, 16th October at the Dalhousie Building, Old Hawkhill, and will be followed by a further five talks in consecutive weeks. Dr Watson is a journalist with The Courier newspaper in Dundee and the author of several books on Scottish history. He is regarded as one of Scotland’s foremost experts on women’s history. Armitstead Trust...

Armitstead Lectures 2015

9 Oct 2015

iGEM team to show off their `forensic toolkit’ at Café Science

The University of Dundee’s student iGEM team has just returned from the World finals of the competition in Boston with a Gold Medal. Now they are set to show off their work to the public at the latest Café Science in Dundee next week. The iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine ) competition is a global challenge for students which asks them to tackle a real world problem by designing and building a new device or system from a kit of biological parts. Dundee has a strong record of success in the competition, having scooped a succession of prizes in recent years. This year’s te...

8 Oct 2015

`A History of Nearly Everything’ – new exhibition

Visitors to the University of Dundee this autumn are being invited to enter the fantastical world of the scientific imagination. The University of Dundee Museum Collections contain many hundreds of scientific instruments and related equipment, as well as charts, models and other teaching aids. These are normally shown in a conventional fashion in exhibitions and other displays around campus. However, a rummage through the collections by guest curator and author Reif Larsen has uncovered an alternative history and, in particular, the astonishing tale of explorer, inventor, cosmologist, professor, tenor, lia...

6 Oct 2015

Group identifications are the strongest indicator of mental and physical health

Individuals who fail to derive value from their interactions with family, friends, colleagues, and other groups are much more likely to be depressed, drink heavily, eat unhealthily, smoke, and fail to exercise, according to a new study from the University of Dundee. Professor Fabio Sani, from the University’s School of Psychology, led a team looking at the interplay between group identification, the extent to which one has a sense of belonging to a social group, coupled with a sense of commonality with in-group members, and lifestyle choices and mental health. The sample of almost 2000 Scottish peopl...