24 Jan 2018

Explosive research has implications for landmine clearing and fracking

Blowing up landmines and other undetonated explosives may be safer and more environmentally friendly than physically removing them from contaminated land, according to new research by the University of Dundee and partner institutions. Explosives can be a common soil contaminant at a range of sites, including military training facilities, manufacturing plants and post and current conflict zones. If these areas are to be brought back into productive use then they need to be cleared of the explosive and any toxic residue of explosives in the soil. The Dundee research, carried out in conjunction with an interd...

Explosive research has implications for landmine clearing and fracking

24 Jan 2018

£200,000 'Dragons Den' boost for cancer research

The charity Worldwide Cancer Research has awarded a University of Dundee researcher just over £200,000 to study ways to improve the use of chemotherapy. The research, led by Professor Anton Gartner, could one day help identify people who would benefit the most from a particular type of treatment. The award, which Professor Gartner secured after a 'Dragons Den' style meeting involving some of the world’s leading cancer researchers, will support two years of research at the University. Professor Gartner will be using microscopic worms, called nematode worms, to investigate ways to make chemothera...

£200,000 'Dragons Den' boost for cancer research

23 Jan 2018

‘Reanimating Rabbie’ – rare film screenings for Burns Night

A free event at the University of Dundee this week will celebrate Burns Night with screenings of rare films from Scotland’s National Moving Image Archive.  The programme includes two rare animated films from the 50s and 70s, Tam o’ Shanter and Tam o’ Shanter Rides Again, as well as a rare 1933 silent documentary, Homes and Haunts of Scotland's Ploughman Poet Robert Burns. Silent screen pianist and composer, Steven Gellatly will provide live musical accompaniment. Honorary Research Fellow Dr David Robb will give a short talk on Burns’ ‘Tam o’Shanter’ and Creati...

‘Reanimating Rabbie’ – rare film screenings for Burns Night

22 Jan 2018

Fearless fourteen to freefall for ARCHIE Foundation

Child-nursing students from the University of Dundee will take a 10,000ft skydive later this year as they fundraise for the ARCHIE Foundation. A team of 14 students will make the jump on Saturday 9 June, 2018 in order to raise money for ARCHIE’s Tayside Children's Hospital appeal. All the donations they raise will go towards a new children's surgical day care unit, with two paediatric operating theatres. This new unit will not only double the current operating capacity in Tayside but it will also transform the experience of the 3000 children who need operations in Ninewells every year, by p...

Fearless fourteen to freefall for ARCHIE Foundation

19 Jan 2018

Fruit fly researcher lands funding fellowship

A University of Dundee scientist has been awarded £568,000 by the Wellcome Trust and the Royal Society to research stem cells within fruit flies, which could have broad implications for understanding how stem cell division can cause cancer in humans. Dr Jens Januschke from the Division of Cell and Developmental Biology in the School of Life Sciences has received an extension of his Sir Henry Dale Fellowship to investigate how stem cells work and sometimes malfunction in the developing nervous system of Drosophila, also known as the fruit fly. “Stem cells are specialised cells that are important...

Fruit fly researcher lands funding fellowship