22 May 2018

Big funding for big data follows Prime Minister’s AI speech

Funding of £1million has been announced to help University of Dundee scientists tackle the challenges of dealing with big data, just 24 hours after Theresa May heralded the potential of artificial intelligence to transform healthcare. Professor Geoff Barton, Head of Computational Biology in the University’s School of Life Sciences, has received the funding by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). The award will enable the development of advanced computational methods that allow researchers to organise, compare, understand and exploit the vast amounts of data produc...

Big funding for big data follows Prime Minister’s AI speech

13 May 2018

New grants mean 50 years of research for Sir Philip

Professor Sir Philip Cohen, one of the UK’s most respected scientists, has been awarded new research grants that will mean his work at the University of Dundee has been funded continuously for 50 years. Sir Philip is a biochemist who has made major contributions to our understanding of protein phosphorylation and its role in cell regulation and human disease. Phosphorylation processes are very important because they control almost all aspects of cellular functions. Abnormal phosphorylation is a factor in many diseases, including cancer, high blood pressure and Parkinson’s. Among his major findi...

New grants mean 50 years of research for Sir Philip

11 May 2018

Neanderthal brought back to life with help from Dundee expert

An expert in facial reconstruction from the University of Dundee has helped bring Neanderthals back to life for a major new BBC series, which begins this weekend. Dr Christopher Rynn, from the University’s Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification, will feature in Neanderthals: Meet Your Ancestors alongside Hollywood star Andy Serkis, co-founder of digital performance-capture studio The Imaginarium, when the two-part production premieres on BBC2 on Sunday 13 May. The show is presented by Ella Al-Shamahi, a rising star in the field of Neanderthal research who takes a fossil Neanderthal skull found i...

Neanderthal brought back to life with help from Dundee expert

10 May 2018

Professor Bob Steele named Fellow of Academy of Medical Sciences

Professor Bob Steele, of the University of Dundee, has been elected to join the prestigious Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences. The Academy of Medical Sciences is the independent body in the UK representing the diversity of medical science. Fellows are been elected for their outstanding contributions to biomedical and health science, leading research discoveries, and translating developments into benefits for patients and the wider society. Professor Steele holds a Chair in Surgery in the School of Medicine at the University of Dundee. He is one of the UK’s leading authorities on cancer sc...

Professor Bob Steele named Fellow of Academy of Medical Sciences

9 May 2018

Interpersonal touch helps people evaluate mistakes

A loved one’s touch might help people perform difficult mental tasks better and deal with setbacks more effectively, according to new research from the University of Dundee. Touch between people is central to communication, socialisation, and wellbeing. Despite this importance, touch is relatively understudied by psychologists compared to other forms of communication. To explore how touch impacts on the ways in which people control performance in relation to goals, Dr Blair Saunders from the University of Dundee, in collaboration with researchers from Humboldt University, Berlin, and the University o...

Interpersonal touch helps people evaluate mistakes