20 Jul 2015

Immune system ‘on switch’ breakthrough could lead to new targeted drugs

A crucial ‘on switch’ that boosts the body’s defences against infections has been successfully identified in new scientific research. The breakthrough made by researchers at the University of Aberdeen and the University of Dundee could lead to the development of new drugs to enhance the body’s immune responses to attack, which could benefit people suffering from cancer and other serious conditions. Their findings have been published in the Journal of Molecular and Cell Biology http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26063615. “We have shown that the cells which turn on our immune r...

20 Jul 2015

Professor Irwin McLean awarded Buchanan Medal by Royal Society

Professor Irwin McLean of the University of Dundee has been awarded the prestigious Buchanan Medal of the Royal Society. The Buchanan Medal is awarded by the Royal Society, the world’s oldest scientific academy in continuous existence, for distinguished contributions to the medical sciences. Irwin McLean is Professor of Human Genetics and Scientific Director of the Centre for Dermatology and Genetic Medicine at Dundee. He is a world renowned expert in the genetics of skin diseases, and his research group has identified the causative genes for more than 20 human diseases. Professor McLean said, &ldquo...

17 Jul 2015

Dundee a winner in Herald Higher Education Awards

The University of Dundee was last night named the winner of the Innovation Technology Excellence Award at the inaugural Herald Higher Education Awards at a glittering ceremony in Glasgow. Dundee picked up the award for a project in the School of Medicine which has that enables undergraduate students to complete coursework using their own mobile devices and tablets in the classroom, an approach that has not only transformed the way that students learn, but also enhanced the way that teachers teach. Dr Shihab Khogali, a Senior Lecturer in Medical Education who was academic lead on the project, said, “T...

15 Jul 2015

Starry sponsorship deal for School of Business

Dundee will have an extra Star in the city this year after the University of Dundee and the ice hockey team Dundee CCS Stars renewed their innovative sponsorship deal. The University, through its School of Business, will be sponsoring an international player by offering a scholarship on the MSc in Management programme, meaning the player will have the opportunity to earn a degree while they are with the Stars. “We are delighted to continue our association with the University, which makes a real difference to the quality of player we can attract to Dundee,” said Steve Stirton, Sponsorship and Ma...

Starry sponsorship deal for School of Business

14 Jul 2015

Research project to lay foundations for offshore wind farms

The University of Dundee is to lead a major research project to determine whether cheaper, more environmentally friendly, and more effective foundations can be developed for the offshore renewables industry. The project, funded by a £1million grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, will look at the use of screw piles for offshore installations. These are foundations which are screwed into the ground and are widely used onshore, one example being to support motorway signs and gantries. “The UK has challenging targets for expansion of energy from renewables with the pot...