15 Jan 2015

Transatlantic Notes to celebrate 400 years of music

Four centuries of musical tradition and innovation spanning the Atlantic will be celebrated at the University of Dundee on Thursday January 29th. `Transatlantic Notes - Scotland and America's Shared Musical History’ will feature an illustrated lecture from Nancy Groce of the Library of Congress in Washington, and a musical performance from Brian McNeill. The Fulbright-Scotland Legacy event is being hosted by the University’s Centre for Scottish Culture, in conjunction with the Arts & Humanities Research Institute and the Centre for Archive and Information Studies. Professor Graeme Mort...

13 Jan 2015

£2.4million to decode a new genetic enigma

Finding the solution to a new level of genetic complexity could help unlock the secrets of the DNA code in plant and human genomes. Scientists at the Universities of Dundee and Nottingham have been awarded more than £2million to investigate part of the process in which DNA is copied and modified. Two grants have been awarded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) to Gordon Simpson, Professor of Molecular Genetics at the University of Dundee, and colleagues. All life on Earth uses three types of biological molecules that serve critical functions in the cell. Protein...

12 Jan 2015

Stephen Fry Award 2015 shared by Five Million Questions and FIRST team

The University of Dundee's Five Million Questions (5MQ) initiative and the FIRST team led by Alyson Leslie have been named as the joint winners of the Stephen Fry Award for Excellence in Public Engagement with Research 2015. They received their awards as part of the University’s annual Discovery Days event at the Dalhousie Building, Old Hawkhill on Friday, 9th January. The FIRST: Fatality Investigation and Review Studies team have created the Ruby Review, a unique system that brings together multiple agencies to review the circumstances of every child’s death. The system, named in memory of a D...

Stephen Fry Award 2015 shared by Five Million Questions and FIRST team

12 Jan 2015

Opposites attract: how DNA determines who suffers from eczema and who develops psoriasis

New research led by experts from the University of Dundee, working with colleagues from England, Ireland, Germany and the USA, has shown for the first time why some people develop eczema and skin allergies whilst others are prone to psoriasis. Eczema and psoriasis are among the most common skin conditions. Eczema affects up to one quarter of school-aged children in the UK and 1 in 50 people may suffer from psoriasis. These skin conditions may appear to be similar – they both produce red, itchy, scaly patches on the skin – but specialists know that patients very rarely have both the conditions t...

Opposites attract: how DNA determines who suffers from eczema and who develops psoriasis

9 Jan 2015

‘Predicting Auroras’ – Café Science Extra on 14th January

The first Café Science Extra of 2015 is set to light up the New Year by exploring the wonder of auroras. Dr Alex Russell, a researcher in the University of Dundee’s School of Engineering, Physics and Mathematics, will talk about ‘Predicting Auroras’ at Dundee Science Centre from 6pm on Wednesday, 14th January. “Auroras, or northern lights, are one of our planet's natural wonders,” he said. “Usually a polar phenomenon, they are visible from the Dundee area only a couple of times each decade, but this winter our chances of seeing them are significantly better than n...

‘Predicting Auroras’ – Café Science Extra on 14th January