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

27 Mar 2017

Innovate UK grant to boost discovery of new antibacterial drugs

Antimicrobial resistance is one of the greatest threats to global human and animal health – the O’Neill Report published last year stated that, unless we take urgent action, it will be directly responsible for over 10 million deaths by 2050, more than deaths from cancer or deaths from diabetes, road traffic accidents and cholera combined. A crucial part of the solution is to find new antibiotics to tackle bacterial infections and replace existing treatments which have become ineffective, often through overuse. Now the University of Dundee – one of the UK’s leading universities for b...

Innovate UK grant to boost discovery of new antibacterial drugs

16 Mar 2017

Climate change to stretch household budgets

Disadvantaged groups need to be helped to cope with the cost pressures caused by climate change, according to a new report compiled by the University of Dundee for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The report, ‘Community Resilience to Climate Change’ warns that shocks such as extreme weather events and stresses like changes in the cost of living will interact to generate hardships for local communities. The researchers from the University’s Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience (CECHR) further warn that climate change will disproportionately impact upon already disadvantaged ...

Climate change to stretch household budgets

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'

6 Mar 2017

Universities collaborate on drug discovery in stem cell therapies

Research teams based at the Universities of Dundee and Edinburgh are looking to partner with the pharmaceutical industry to better understand the biological processes that could allow the development of new drugs to support tissue regeneration or repair.  The National Phenotypic Screening Centre (NPSC) at the University of Dundee and the Medical Research Council (MRC) Centrefor Regenerative Medicine (CRM) at the University of Edinburgh have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that commits them to work more closely together as they strive to translate novel biological discoveries into new stem cell th...

Universities collaborate on drug discovery in stem cell therapies