25 Apr 2017

‘Eco-treehouse’ could be future of home building

A University of Dundee researcher has worked with architects to produce conceptual designs for a luxury ‘eco-treehouse’ capable of housing a family, regulating its own temperature and functioning on a self-maintaining, low-energy cycle. Civil Engineering lecturer Dr Anthony Leung has devised a conceptual building in order to demonstrate how modern urban development and environmental protection need not be mutually antagonistic. His sustainable design makes use of advanced engineering concepts to work with, rather than against, nature. Conventional building materials are eschewed in favour of su...

‘Eco-treehouse’ could be future of home building

19 Apr 2017

Wellcome funding boost for Dundee scientists

University of Dundee scientists have won a hat-trick of funding awards from the Wellcome Trust that will see more than £6million invested in their research. Professors Doreen Cantrell, Mark Field and Grahame Hardie, all based in the School of Life Sciences at the University, have been successful in winning grants from Wellcome. “I am delighted to see our scientists continuing to win these very competitive awards, which are supporting world-class research at Dundee,” said Professor Julian Blow, Dean of the School of Life Sciences. “We have a long and proud record of working with Well...

Wellcome funding boost for Dundee scientists

10 Apr 2017

Dundee academic honoured for `outstanding’ research

Dr James Chalmers, of the University of Dundee, has been awarded the Patrick Neill Medal by the Royal Society of Edinburgh for his outstanding research work on respiratory infections and his expertise in bronchiectasis. The Patrick Neill Medal is one of the RSE’s major prizes for early career researchers in Scotland. Dr Chalmers is a Discovery Fellow and Honorary Consultant Physician in the Division of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, part of the University’s School of Medicine. He is leading the University’s contribution to a €50 million, Europe-wide, project to develop new drugs th...

Dundee academic honoured for `outstanding’ research

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

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