1 Feb 2016

Dundee scientists find DNA “molecular scissors” are vital in preventing cancers

Scientists at the University of Dundee have discovered that “molecular scissors” that repair damaged and abnormal DNA are critical for keeping cancers at bay. The laboratory of Professor John Rouse at the University’s Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitlation Unit (MRC-PPU) first discovered that a protein called FAN1 was important for cutting and repairing damaged DNA in our cells in 2010. Recent work carried out by Dr Christophe Lachaud under the direction of Professor Rouse have shown that FAN1 carries out another important task separate from repairing DNA, but ...

Dundee scientists find DNA “molecular scissors” are vital in preventing cancers

28 Jan 2016

Identifying Another Piece in the Parkinson's Disease Pathology Puzzle

International Consortium Identifies and Validates Cellular Role of Priority Parkinson’s Disease Drug Target, LRRK2 Kinase An international public-private consortium of researchers brought together by the University of Dundee and led by The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research has identified and validated for the first time the cellular role of a primary Parkinson’s disease drug target. In work published in eLife, the team comprising investigators from the University of Dundee, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, GlaxoSmithKline and MSD, known as Merck & Co., Inc., in...

Identifying Another Piece in the Parkinson's Disease Pathology Puzzle

26 Jan 2016

`Mathematics – the framework of life’

A common perception is that mathematics has no relevance to “the real world”. Yet, as a University of Dundee Professor will make clear in a public lecture this week, we interact with mathematics throughout our daily lives and mathematical tools are being used to address some of the most fundamental challenges facing mankind today. Professor Fordyce Davidson, Acting Dean of Science and Engineering at Dundee, will deliver his talk, `Mathematics – the framework of life’, for the British Association of Science this week. “Many people struggle to engage with mathematics, because th...

`Mathematics – the framework of life’

26 Jan 2016

Royal Society of Chemistry award for Dundee researcher

Dr Alessio Ciulli of the University of Dundee has been named the winner of a major award from the Royal Society of Chemistry. Dr Ciulli, from the University’s School of Life Sciences, has been named joint winner of the Capps Green Zomaya Memorial Award by the RSC. The award recognises outstanding work in medicinal or computational medicinal chemistry and is given to `an individual judged to have made an important contribution to the discovery or development of new medicines’, with nominations open to candidates up to the age of 40. The award has been given to Dr Ciulli in recognition of his wor...

Royal Society of Chemistry award for Dundee researcher

25 Jan 2016

‘Do Politicians Really Represent Us?’ – Dundee Arts Café on 2nd February

With trust in politicians, and politics in general, at an all-time low, the next Dundee Arts Café event will address what it means to be represented in a democracy. The University of Dundee’s Dr Edzia Carvalho will ask the question, ‘Do Politicians Really Represent Us?’ at The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum on Tuesday, 2nd February.  She will examine how political representation has been understood in political studies and reflect on what this idea means to ordinary people. “I will be evaluating data gathered from talking to people across England, Scotlan...

‘Do Politicians Really Represent Us?’ – Dundee Arts Café on 2nd February