19 Apr 2019

How gunshot residue could plot against you

Photo by William Isted on Unsplash   It may sound like an irrational fear, but what is the likelihood of being tried for firing a gun you have never touched? To find out the answer, a material scientist from the University of Dundee and a Scottish legal expert will hold court at the Crime Café to explain how such a possibility could land you in the dock. Dr Hervé Ménard, Principal Investigator at the University’s Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science, will be joined by Brian McConnachie QC for the latest Crime Café event, to t...

How gunshot residue could plot against you

18 Apr 2019

Dundee students set to scrum in national rugby final

University of Dundee rugby players will swap the lecture hall for the lineout next week they take on Aberdeenshire RFC in the Men’s Rugby National Bowl Final. The Dundee Uni Medics (DUMS) Rugby team, who will take to the pitch at Murrayfield in front of thousands of rugby fans on Saturday 27 April, said getting to the final is a dream come true for the self-coached Dundee students. Fullback Mark Smith, President of DUMS Rugby team, said, “To get to a National Final at Murrayfield is huge for a small club like ourselves, especially since we only joined the regional leagues in 2013.  “...

Dundee students set to scrum in national rugby final

17 Apr 2019

City set for biggest week of art and design

Hundreds of the country’s top young creative talents are currently working on their final-year projects at the University of Dundee in the knowledge that their exhibits will be at the heart of the city’s biggest week of art and design to date. Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and Architecture Degree Show is always a highlight of the city’s cultural calendar but with this year’s exhibition being the first to take place since the opening of V&A Dundee, the week of 18-26 May is set to be extra special. Last year’s Degree Show attracted a record attendance of ...

City set for biggest week of art and design

17 Apr 2019

Guarding against cancer

Researchers from the University of Dundee have shown that a drug previously used to treat Type II diabetes could potentially be used to protect against cancer. A study carried out by Professors Grahame Hardie and Doreen Cantrell has shown that the drug phenformin protects mice against a type of cancer called T-cell lymphoma. It does this by switching on the protein AMPK, which was first defined by Professor Hardie in the 1980s. Subsequent research at Dundee showed a link between AMPK and cancer. AMPK was known to be activated by another anti-diabetic drug, metformin, and scientists at the University found ...

Guarding against cancer

17 Apr 2019

Diabetic drug shown to reduce the risk of heart disease in non-diabetic patients

The commonly used diabetes drug metformin could reverse the harmful thickening of heart muscle that leads to cardiovascular disease, according to a study at the University of Dundee. Scientists, led by Professor Chim Lang, Head of the Division of Molecular and Clinical Medicine at Dundee, discovered that metformin has the potential to be repurposed as a heart disease treatment in non-diabetic patients. The MET-REMODEL Trial, published today in the prestigious European Heart Journal, showed that metformin, used to treat type 2 diabetes safely for the last six decades, reduced left ventricular hypertrophy (L...

Diabetic drug shown to reduce the risk of heart disease in non-diabetic patients