5 Dec 2019

‘Parasites: Battle for Survival’ – national exhibition features Dundee research

A new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland explores the role that Scottish universities are playing in the fight to eliminate tropical diseases by tackling the parasites that cause them. ‘Parasites: Battle for Survival’ examines five deadly diseases, which together affect 1 in 18 people around the world and thrive in areas lacking access to clean water, healthcare and adequate sanitation. Researchers at the Universities of Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow are at the forefront of efforts to eliminate Malaria, Guinea worm disease, sleeping sickness, schistosomiasis and leishmaniasis. All bu...

‘Parasites: Battle for Survival’ – national exhibition features Dundee research

21 Nov 2019

Award recognises ‘transformative’ research

The University of Dundee’s Professor David Horn has received a prestigious award in recognition of his contribution to global efforts to overcome the disease known as African sleeping sickness. Professor Horn, based at the University’s School of Life Sciences, was presented with the William Trager Award at a meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) in National Harbor, near Washington DC. The award recognises specific breakthroughs in basic parasitology that unlocked completely new areas of work and is given by the organisation’s parasitology subgroup, the A...

Award recognises ‘transformative’ research

7 Nov 2019

Sugar-coating proteins can help understand brain disease

A University of Dundee discovery has the potential to help scientists better understand neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Researchers, led by Professor Daan van Aalten in the University’s School of Life Sciences, have developed a new way to tag proteins in human cells with a small sugar molecule called O-GlcNAc. There are over 20,000 proteins in every human cell and approximately 20% of these contain O-GlcNAc. The exact role played by O-GlcNAc remains a mystery but the molecule is found on proteins related to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, motor neurone dis...

Sugar-coating proteins can help understand brain disease

31 Oct 2019

Discovery may help derail Parkinson’s ‘runaway train’

Researchers at the University of Dundee have made a discovery they believe has the potential to put the brakes on the ‘runaway train’ that is Parkinson’s disease. The team, based at the Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit (MRC-PPU) in the School of Life Sciences, have discovered a new enzyme that inhibits the LRRK2 pathway. Mutations of the LRRK2 gene are the most common cause of genetic Parkinson’s. Enzymes are molecular machines that regulate the biological processes required to maintain healthy functioning life. They can also be targeted by dr...

Discovery may help derail Parkinson’s ‘runaway train’

29 Oct 2019

Reception honours contribution to cancer research

The achievements of Lady Fiona Fraser, who has helped raise more than £22 million for cancer research at the University of Dundee over the past few decades, have been celebrated by colleagues, scientists and members of the public. A reception in honour of Lady Fraser, who stepped down as Chair of the Ninewells Cancer Campaign earlier this year, took place at the Jacqui Wood Cancer Centre on Tuesday 29 October. Lady Fraser served the organisation firstly as a committee member then as Vice-Chair and, since 2011, as Chair, overseeing multi-million pound fundraising efforts to bring the best cancer scien...

Reception honours contribution to cancer research