4 Apr 2017

€1.7 million to fight autoimmune diseases

A University of Dundee researcher has been awarded €1.7 million to investigate the role that communication between cells plays in autoimmune diseases. Dr Ignacio Moraga, from the University’s School of Life Sciences, has received a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) starting grant to fund his research over the next five years. Dr Moraga and his team are studying immune response action in the hope of designing better medicines for conditions such as lupus, arthritis and other debilitating autoimmune diseases. “I am delighted to receive this funding from the ERC to allow me to furth...

€1.7 million to fight autoimmune diseases

30 Mar 2017

Trainers on tarmac to tackle Type 1 diabetes

University of Dundee dental student Rebecca Morris will take on one of the top international marathons next month when she runs in memory of childhood friend who lost their life as a result of Type 1 diabetes. The 21-year-old from Kirriemuir will be putting trainers to tarmac in this year's London Marathon to raise money for research into the disease. Rebecca will run in memory of Claire Taylor, who passed away at the age of 17 from undiagnosed Type 1 diabetes, a disease which is thought to affect 80,000 children across the world each year. Currently there is no way of preventing childhood diabetes in chil...

Trainers on tarmac to tackle Type 1 diabetes

28 Mar 2017

First steps toward male infertility treatment

Scientists from the University of Dundee believe they have taken the first steps towards developing drugs to treat infertile men. Infertility is a significant problem affecting tens of millions of couples worldwide, with around half of cases having a male factor either as a sole or contributory cause. It is known that asthenozoospermia (poor/dysfunctional sperm motility) is the commonest disorder in male infertility, yet there is no drug that men can currently take for it to improve the chances of conception. As such, couples who require assistance to conceive need to rely on clinical treatments such as In...

First steps toward male infertility treatment

28 Mar 2017

New project to get cancer survivors back into work

A new project to get people back into work following a cancer diagnosis is being launched at the University of Dundee. The University’s Institute of Sport and Exercise will be starting the Working and Cancer Dundee project which will offer 1-to-1 exercise sessions to support people on their return to work after cancer.  Each programme will be designed around their needs and offer flexibility to suit their working hours. Programme co-ordinator Hazel Ednie said, “There is strong evidence that exercise can help reduce fatigue, which is a common side effect of cancer treatment. It ca...

New project to get cancer survivors back into work

27 Mar 2017

Virtual museum brings extinct species back to life

Dozens of fascinating digital 3D models are shedding new light on specimens held at the University of Dundee’s D’Arcy Thompson Museum while enhancing the learning of anatomy students around the world.  State-of-the-art scanning and design techniques have been deployed to digitise prairie dogs, puffer fish and giant tortoises as well as the skulls of elephants, rhinoceroses and other items from the collection of D’Arcy Thompson, Dundee’s celebrated first Professor of Biology. The resulting 3D models are hosted online and are available for viewing and downloading worldwide under ...

Virtual museum brings extinct species back to life