13 Mar 2017

A kiss of death to drug the 'undruggable'

Scientists at the University of Dundee have reported a major breakthrough in targeting the causes of many diseases, using a 'kiss of death' to destroy proteins which had previously been regarded as 'undruggable'. Much is known about proteins such as Ras and Myc, which are known to be culpable in human cancer, and Huntingtin, which causes Huntingdon's disease, but as yet they have proved stubbornly resistant to efforts to find ways of tackling them with drugs. Now researchers led by Professor Alessio Ciulli in the School of Life Sciences at Dundee have found a way of targeting similar proteins, using a smal...

A kiss of death to drug the 'undruggable'

10 Mar 2017

Young scientists to present research at House of Commons

Two young researchers from the University of Dundee have been selected to present their work at the House of Commons. Mohapradeep Mohan from the School of Medicine will discuss how to treat cardiovascular diseases with the world’s most common diabetes drug metformin, while PhD student Vasiliki Bitsouni will present her findings on mathematical modelling of cancer invasion. The pair are among young researchers from across the UK who will share their work with a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges at the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for Britain event on Monday, 13...

Young scientists to present research at House of Commons

10 Mar 2017

'Scottish Politics in Brexit Britain'– Dundee Arts Cafe on March 14th.

This month’s Dundee Arts Café will be taking a look at Brexit and its impact on Scottish politics. Professor Paul Cairney, from the University of Stirling, specialises in British politics and will talk about the possibilities that Brexit might bring when he appears at The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum on Tuesday, 14th March. Professor Cairney said, “Brexit has prompted major interest in the prospect of a second referendum on Scottish independence. The result of that vote will depend more on the stories of each campaign than an 'evidence-based' assessment of the likely im...

'Scottish Politics in Brexit Britain'– Dundee Arts Cafe on March 14th.

10 Mar 2017

‘Breastfeeding – What Has That Got To Do With Science?’ Café Science on 13th March

A University of Dundee expert will explore the science behind breastfeeding at the next Café Science event. The introduction of milk substitutes has led to a huge decline in breastfeeding rates worldwide. This has resulted in heated debates about public health, nutrition, attachment, sexuality and choice. Professor Mary Renfrew, from University’s the School of Nursing & Midwifery will be at Avery & Co on Monday, 13th March to talk about these issues. Professor Renfrew said, “Babies have been breastfed since the dawn of the human race. However, since the early 20th Century artific...

‘Breastfeeding – What Has That Got To Do With Science?’ Café Science on 13th March

8 Mar 2017

Professor Dame Sue Black inducted among ‘Outstanding Women of Scotland’

The University of Dundee’s Professor Dame Sue Black has been named as one of the Saltire Society’s ‘Outstanding Women of Scotland’ for 2017. Professor Black, an internationally renowned forensic anthropologist, is among 10 Scottish women from the fields of the arts, culture, politics, activism and science who were honoured at a special ceremony at Glasgow Women’s Library on Tuesday, 7th March. The 2017 inductees join the likes of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, J.K. Rowling and Annie Lennox in the Outstanding Women of Scotland community. Since the initiative was launched in 20...

Professor Dame Sue Black inducted among ‘Outstanding Women of Scotland’