7 Mar 2016

Chemical probe brings new insight into Parkinson’s disease

Pioneering chemical technology developed at the University of Dundee is giving scientists the clearest insight yet into crucial biochemical processes that are active in many diseases, including Parkinson’s disease. Dr Satpal Virdee, leader of the research team, said their findings could `revolutionise’ research capability. Working in collaboration with Dr Miratul Muqit, the Dundee team have already used their newly developed tools to make new discoveries relating to the activity of the Parkin enzyme, which when mutated is a cause of Parkinson’s disease. The results of the research are pub...

Chemical probe brings new insight into Parkinson’s disease

7 Mar 2016

Group identifications affect likelihood of teenagers smoking, drinking and taking cannabis

Teenagers who interact positively with their family, school and friends are far less likely to smoke, binge drink and use cannabis than peers who fail to identify with these social groups, according to research from the University of Dundee. The research team, led by Psychology PhD student Kirsty Miller, surveyed more than 1000 high school pupils aged 13-17 from the Fife area. The results showed that group identification protects against adverse health behaviour, with levels of identification with family, school and friendship groups predicting the likelihood of teenagers having smoked cigarettes, drank to...

Group identifications affect likelihood of teenagers smoking, drinking and taking cannabis

5 Mar 2016

University to award Honorary Degree to Amanda Kopel

Dementia rights campaigner Amanda Kopel, wife of the late Dundee United legend Frank Kopel, is to receive an Honorary Degree from the University of Dundee. Mrs Kopel will receive the degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) from the University during its Summer Graduation ceremonies in June in recognition of her campaign to obtain free personal care for those with dementia under the age of 65 in Scotland. She is also heavily involved in raising awareness of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) – a form of younger-onset dementia associated with repeated sport-related head trauma, which her husband may have su...

University to award Honorary Degree to Amanda Kopel

3 Mar 2016

Online art sales portal to host exhibition

A company formed by University of Dundee students to help young artists sell their work online is hosting its first physical exhibition. VisConn is a social enterprise founded by Jayne Thoms, Jean Lu, Ashling Larkin, Ingrida Suveizdyté and Vicky Stephen. The company provides an online platform from which University students can sell their artwork as well as showcase their portfolio, and charges a lower rate of commission than their competitors. All profits are ploughed back into VisConn and used to promote the creative output of students from the University. The company sells artwork, jewellery, pho...

Online art sales portal to host exhibition

3 Mar 2016

Biggest-ever DeeCon set to take place

The success of anime, animation and art convention DeeCon means the 2016 event will burst out from its base at Dundee University Students’ Union (DUSA) for the first time. Saturday, 9th April promises to be a day of colour, fun and geekiness on campus with film screenings, board and video game tournaments, stalls, exhibitions, demonstrations and industry presentations taking place at DUSA, the University Chaplaincy Centre and Queen Mother Building. Outdoor events will also take place to entertain the thousands of fans, many of whom will be dressed in costume, expected to descend on the campus from ar...

Biggest-ever DeeCon set to take place