2 Apr 2018

Structure of Intellectual Disability protein solved

Scientists at the University of Dundee have identified the effects of a mutation that gives rise to a form of Intellectual Disability. Intellectual Disability is a type of developmental brain disorder in young patients which to date remains poorly understood and is incurable. Researchers in the School of Life Sciences at Dundee focussed on mutations in the OGT gene, which plays a critical role in protecting brain cells against stress. In patients harbouring OGT mutations, this protective effect is lost. In the new research, published in the journal Cell Chemical Biology, the team of Dundee scientists ...

Structure of Intellectual Disability protein solved

28 Mar 2018

Contemporary take on city’s history wins awards for Dundee graduate

A University of Dundee graduate has drawn inspiration from the city’s industrial past to claim two awards at one of Scotland’s most prestigious showcases of emerging artistic talent. Rhona Jack will receive £10,000 of funding after being named winner of the Glenfiddich Artist in Residence Award at this year’s Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) New Contemporaries 2018 exhibition. The 24-year-old, who graduated from the University’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design last year, also collected the Glasgow Print Studio Award following the launch of the event. Rhona recrea...

Contemporary take on city’s history wins awards for Dundee graduate

27 Mar 2018

Identifying drug candidates for neglected diseases

The University of Dundee’s Drug Discovery Unit (DDU) will collaborate with the not-for-profit research and development organisation Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in a bid to discover new pre-clinical drug candidates targeting two parasitic neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), leishmaniasis and Chagas disease. “This agreement will be a boost to our long-term strategy to develop entirely new chemical entities to treat neglected diseases and provide better treatment options for patients. Today, treatments for both leishmaniasis and Chagas disease...

Identifying drug candidates for neglected diseases

26 Mar 2018

University lecturer is top of her class

An “inspirational” University of Dundee lecturer has been hailed for her innovative teaching methods after winning a prestigious national award. The Scottish Association of Social Work (SASW) named Gil Martin as its Lecturer of the Year at its annual awards ceremony in Edinburgh. Ms Martin, a Dundee graduate who joined the social work lecturing staff three years ago, was honoured by judges after surprising students with a real-life lesson in letter writing. Dr Trish McCulloch, Social Work Lead at Dundee who nominated her colleague for the award, said, “Gil created a simulated exercise, wi...

University lecturer is top of her class

23 Mar 2018

‘My Silence Will Never Protect Me’ – exhibition by Duncan of Jordanstone artist

Artist Janice Aitken, Reader and Associate Dean at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, has created 17 stunning photographic portraits for a new public exhibition celebrating women’s voices. ‘My Silence Will Never Protect Me’ is situated on the hoardings around Slessor Gardens and runs until May. For it, Janice photographed a diverse group of women and encouraged them to share stories about ways in which their voices have been silenced and how they have spoken out. The exhibition forms part of the ‘Sharing Not Hoarding’ project and coincided with International Wo...

‘My Silence Will Never Protect Me’ – exhibition by Duncan of Jordanstone artist