28 Feb 2019

Scottish pupils joint best in reading comprehension, according to major survey

Scottish pupils have the greatest level of reading comprehension amongst the home nations, but read slightly easier books Reading motivation, appropriate reading challenge and reading practice time essential ingredients for literacy success Harry Potter series dominates favourite books Roald Dahl, Jeff Kinney, and David Walliams amongst most-read authors The largest literacy study ever conducted in the UK and Ireland has shown that Scottish pupils had the joint greatest level of reading comprehension amongst the home nations, alongside Northern Ireland. The annual What Kids are Reading Report, analysed b...

Scottish pupils joint best in reading comprehension, according to major survey

20 Feb 2019

Takeda collaboration to boost Alzheimer's fight

The University of Dundee’s Drug Discovery Unit has announced a partnership with Takeda, Japan’s largest pharmaceutical company, to develop possible new therapeutic treatments for tau pathology, an underlying feature in several forms of neurodegeneration including Alzheimer’s disease. Tau pathology occurs when the normal cellular protein, tau, misfolds and forms insoluble fibrils. It is found in the brains of sufferers of more than 20 different neurodegenerative diseases, of which Alzheimer’s disease is the most common. Tau pathy is increasingly thought to be an important driver of d...

Takeda collaboration to boost Alzheimer's fight

19 Feb 2019

‘Gamification’ to help develop tools to assist in hearing access

University of Dundee researchers are to explore how techniques used in board games can be used to help people with hearing difficulties participate in group environments. ‘Gamification’ describes the application of typical elements of game playing to other areas of activity. Researchers from the University’s Computing department will work with social enterprise company Ideas for Ears to investigate hearing access issues present within group conversation environments and how gamification may help address these. Eleven million people in the UK have some form of hearing loss and every person...

‘Gamification’ to help develop tools to assist in hearing access

13 Feb 2019

Citizen scientists sought for pioneering hand identification research

A new research project investigating what makes a person’s hands unique will call on 5000 ‘citizen scientists’ to contribute images to the world’s first searchable database of the anatomy and variations of the human hand. The 2.5M Euro project called H-Unique, funded by the European Research Council and led by Lancaster University in collaboration with the University of Dundee, will build on the ground-breaking research techniques pioneered by forensic anthropologist Professor Dame Sue Black. These techniques, pioneered by Professor Black while at Dundee, have previously been used s...

Citizen scientists sought for pioneering hand identification research

12 Feb 2019

Natural products from the Amazon may help to treat neglected diseases

University of Dundee researchers have been awarded £700,000 to investigate whether bacteria and other natural products found in the Amazon hold the key to developing new drugs for neglected tropical diseases. The Dundee team led by Professor Kevin Read from the University’s Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research (WCAIR) will work with colleagues in Brazil to identify novel drug targets and develop new therapies for visceral leishmaniasis and Chagas’ disease. The Medical Research Council (MRC)/Newton Fund grant will enable Professor Read’s team, alongside collaborators in Brazi...

Natural products from the Amazon may help to treat neglected diseases