17 Dec 2018

Mystery of human cell ‘recycling centre’ revealed

A previously undiscovered stress signal can kick-start a human cell’s ‘recycling centre’, University of Dundee scientists have revealed. A team from the University’s School of Life Sciences has found that signals sent to a protein known as STAT3 will trigger the production of lysosomal enzymes, which are crucial to breaking down proteins in the human body, an essential process in keeping cells healthy. The findings of the Wellcome Trust-funded study, published today in Nature Communications, could potentially pave the way for research in to several neurodegenerative diseases. Colin ...

Mystery of human cell ‘recycling centre’ revealed

12 Dec 2018

“Liquefied” soil may have contributed to earthquake death toll

Soil conditions may have been responsible for hundreds of deaths following September’s deadly earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia, a University of Dundee academic has discovered. Dr Andrew Brennan, from the University’s School of Science and Engineering, said high water levels in the ground in the province of Central Sulawesi may have allowed soil to liquefy, triggering several landslides that buried hundreds of homes in the disaster. Dr Brennan recently returned from the affected city of Palu where he had been working in his capacity as an expert in soil liquefaction, which occurs when soil is...

“Liquefied” soil may have contributed to earthquake death toll

11 Dec 2018

Dundee graduate receives surprise Fellowship of the RSA

A University of Dundee graduate has been granted a Fellowship with the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), less than six months after receiving his degree. Charlie Kleboe-Rogers will join a worldwide group of Fellows, including Stephen Hawking, Dame Judi Dench and Bob Dylan, after being nominated for the prestigious Fellowship. Charlie, who came to Dundee through a pioneering widening access scheme, said he was so astonished by the anonymous nomination that at first, he thought it was a practical joke. He said, “I couldn’t believe it. I just didn’t think someone like me would end up becoming a F...

Dundee graduate receives surprise Fellowship of the RSA

10 Dec 2018

Albinism campaigner speaks of being hunted for body parts

A human rights campaigner, who has just completed a fellowship at the University of Dundee, has spoken of how she and other people with albinism are “hunted like animals” in her home country of Malawi. Tumeliwa Mphepo is one of three international activists who spent a semester at the University as part of the Scottish Human Rights Defender Fellowship initiative. Participants spent three months in Scotland, combining study at Dundee with the chance to build relationships and share expertise with Scottish human rights and equality organisations. The Fellowship is a partnership between the Scotti...

Albinism campaigner speaks of being hunted for body parts

10 Dec 2018

Prestigious role for Professor Annie Anderson

Annie Anderson, Professor of Public Health Nutrition at the University of Dundee, has been elected President of the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine (UKSBM). Professor Anderson will officially take up the role at the UKSBM’s Annual Scientific Meeting in Birmingham on 12-13 December. The election reflects her position as one of the UK’s foremost authorities in behavioural medicine, an interdisciplinary field that draws together experts in psychology, social science, behavioural science, public health and medicine. The Society acts as a forum for presenting research on both public health polic...

Prestigious role for Professor Annie Anderson