23 Jul 2018

Scientists solve puzzle of the cellular ‘Mexican wave’

An electrifying puzzle that has evaded scientists for more than half a century, likened to a cellular Mexican wave, has finally been explained, according to a team of European scientists led by the University of Dundee. The study, published in Nature Chemistry this week, explains how the switches that control signals to and from your brain across your body, making it possible for us to move, think and feel, are controlled. If proved correct, the study might not only add a new chapter to the textbooks on human biology but also help explain how the molecules work that, when out of tune, cause heart diseases ...

Scientists solve puzzle of the cellular ‘Mexican wave’

19 Jul 2018

Bright times ahead for summer school students

Access Summer School students from the University of Dundee are walking on sunshine after completing their path to higher education. More than 170 attendees of the Dundee University Access to Learning (DUAL) Summer School and Online Access Summer School were honoured on Thursday after completing the six-week programme. The initiatives provide intensive preparation and alternative routes into degree courses for students whose true academic potential is often masked by circumstance. Course Director Dr John Blicharski said, “The students have had an exceptional summer and have impressed us throughout. &...

Bright times ahead for summer school students

19 Jul 2018

Museum plan was ‘Designed to Inspire’ 30 years before V&A Dundee

A far-sighted former Principal of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art called for a landmark building to house a major design museum some 30 years before the V&A Dundee project was conceived. Myer Lacome’s 1977 proposals were rediscovered by Matthew Jarron, Head of Museum Services at the University of Dundee when conducting research for a new exhibition celebrating the city’s heritage in design. Located at the Lamb Gallery, Tower Building, Designed to Inspire showcases examples of design from the University’s museum and archive collections. Matthew says that while there is no connecti...

Museum plan was ‘Designed to Inspire’ 30 years before V&A Dundee

17 Jul 2018

Blood in stools may indicate range of chronic diseases

Faecal bleeding may be a marker of a range of chronic disease, including several cancers, previously thought to be unrelated, according to new research from the University of Dundee. The presence of blood in stools has long been associated with colorectal cancer. The new study, led by Professor Bob Steele of Dundee’s School of Medicine, has shown that patients who recorded a positive faecal occult blood test (FOBT) were much more likely to die not only from colorectal cancer but also a range of other diseases. Professor Steele and his team looked at data for 134,000 patients who have participated in ...

Blood in stools may indicate range of chronic diseases

17 Jul 2018

Art to challenge assumptions of gender

Image: Poison Ladies, 2013 by artist Clara Ursitti Three leading artists will participate in a pioneering project at the University of Dundee that will aim to challenge unconscious bias around gender in respect to how we work. Doing Science in a Gendered World is a collaboration between Athena SWAN Dundee and LifeSpace Gallery which seeks to explore experiences of gender in the world of science, culminating in a major exhibition at the University in February next year.  Cicely Farrer, curator of the project, said, “These events are the first part of what I hope will be an ins...

Art to challenge assumptions of gender