17 Dec 2015

Moroccan and Kenyan trips raise £45,000 for Childreach International

Students from the University of Dundee, Abertay University and Dundee and Angus College have raised an incredible £45,000 for an international education charity in just one year. Last summer, a team of 16 students set out with the charity Childreach International to help build an education centre in a small village in the middle of the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco. After arriving, they lived among the villagers and assisted with all the on-site manual labour from tiling to plastering to clearing dirt. The centre is now used by nursery and infant children during the day and by the women of the vill...

Moroccan and Kenyan trips raise £45,000 for Childreach International

14 Dec 2015

`Sweet spot’ for treating diabetic patients with heart failure

Researchers at the University of Dundee have discovered a `sweet spot’ in the treatment of diabetes among patients with heart failure. Diabetes and heart disease are frequently seen together in patients and can be a lethal combination. To compound the problem, some anti-diabetic medications have been shown to worsen heart conditions like heart failure, a condition where the heart muscles become too weak to effectively pump blood around the body. Now researchers led by Professor Chim Lang in the School of Medicine at Dundee have found there are hazardous effects of under- or over-treating diabetes amo...

11 Dec 2015

Dundee’s artistic golden age explored in new publication

A new book exploring the history of art in Dundee will be launched at the University of Dundee next week. The lavishly illustrated ‘Independent & Individualist – Art in Dundee 1867-1924’ has been written by the University’s museum curator Matthew Jarron and explores in detail the period when Dundee was recognised as one of the major art centres of Britain. The official launch will take place in the Dalhousie Building at 5.30pm on Monday, 14th December. In the late 19th century, the city staged the largest exhibitions of art outside London and hosted some of the most ambitious pr...

Dundee’s artistic golden age explored in new publication

11 Dec 2015

National award for Growing up on the Streets

Growing up on the Streets, a project that investigates the experiences of street children in Africa, has received a national award. It is co-led by Professor Lorraine van Blerk of the University of Dundee with colleagues Dr Wayne Shand (University of Manchester) and Patrick Shanahan (StreetInvest). Growing up on the Streets was awarded the Market Research Society’s President’s Medal in recognition of its extraordinary contribution to research impact. The initiative is run under the auspices of the StreetInvest charity in collaboration with the University of Dundee. The research project investig...

National award for Growing up on the Streets

10 Dec 2015

DNA repair enzyme mapped in atomic detail

An enzyme crucial to the process of DNA repair in our cells has been mapped in atomic detail by researchers at the University of Dundee, the UK’s top-rated University for Biological Sciences. DNA repair plays a key role in human diseases such as cancer. Researchers say that revealing the 3D molecular structure of a key enzyme involved in this process could be an important step towards developing future drugs. DNA is the genetic `library’ of the cell and is so important that it must be repaired when damaged. It is the only kind of molecule in the cell that is subject to such repair. In one such ...