7 Nov 2018

Scientists overturn odds to make Parkinson’s discovery

Scientists at the University of Dundee have confirmed that a key cellular pathway that protects the brain from damage is disrupted in Parkinson’s patients, raising the possibility of new treatments for the disease. Parkinson’s is a disabling disorder of the brain for which there is no cure. Mutations in two genes called PINK1 and Parkin are associated with early-onset forms of Parkinson’s. Both encode distinct classes of enzymes that play a pivotal role in protecting the brain against stress. Previous research had revealed that when the ‘batteries’ of cells are damaged, PINK1 ...

Scientists overturn odds to make Parkinson’s discovery

4 Nov 2018

Success of multi-million pound drug discovery collaboration to be celebrated

The success of a University of Dundee collaboration that has attracted almost £60 million of investment, helped develop dozens of drugs for clinical use and won the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Award will be celebrated next week. Scientists, politicians and representatives of some of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies will come together to mark the 20th anniversary of the University of Dundee’s Division of Signal Transduction Therapy (DSTT). A reception will be held at V&A Dundee on Monday 5 November ahead of a celebratory symposium at the University’s School ...

Success of multi-million pound drug discovery collaboration to be celebrated

29 Oct 2018

Gender myths dispelled by major new maths study

A major study into maths attainment has found that boys and girls perform equally in the subject, dispelling long-held myths around gender and education. The first UK-wide research of its kind for 13 years was carried out by Keith Topping, Professor of Educational and Social Research at the University of Dundee, and education assessment company Renaissance found differences in maths attainment between girls and boys to be almost negligible. The study also found that regular and high-quality maths practice improves outcomes across the board and that primary pupils outperformed secondary students, with bette...

Gender myths dispelled by major new maths study

23 Oct 2018

University and Mozilla announce doctoral programme for ‘Healthier IoT’

The University of Dundee and Mozilla have launched a new and innovative PhD programme exploring how to build a more open, secure and trustworthy Internet of Things. The OpenDoTT (Open Design of Trusted Things) scheme will train technologists, designers, and researchers to create and advocate for safe connected products and is made possible by €1.5m in funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme. As IoT evolves, the internet becomes more deeply entwined in humans’ everyday lives. Data flows around us in ever more complex ways – wearable technologies monitor our heartbeat, AI voice as...

University and Mozilla announce doctoral programme for ‘Healthier IoT’

18 Oct 2018

Mercury rising for Dundee space technology

Hardware developed in Dundee will this weekend embark on a seven-year, 48 million-mile mission to Mercury. When the BepiColombo mission to Mercury launches from Kourou, French Guiana on Saturday 20 October it will be equipped with SpaceWire, a computer network developed by University of Dundee and spin-out company STAR-Dundee that connects instruments, processors and other onboard systems. BepiColombo is a joint endeavour between the European Space Agency (ESA) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). It is the first European mission to Mercury, the smallest and least explored planet in the inner Sol...

Mercury rising for Dundee space technology