19 Apr 2018

Dundee joins global effort to build Human Cell Atlas

The University of Dundee is joining a global effort – with the help of funding from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative – to support development of the Human Cell Atlas, a global effort to map every type of cell in the healthy human body as a resource for studies of health and disease. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) and DAF, an advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation have announced new funding for 85 projects to support the Human Cell Atlas. The grants total $15 million over one year. Projects are focused on developing open computational tools, algorithms, visualizations, and bench...

Dundee joins global effort to build Human Cell Atlas

18 Apr 2018

Targeting enzyme may tip cancer ‘over the edge’

Researchers from the University of Dundee have identified an enzyme critical for cell division that could potentially be targeted to tip tumours ‘over the edge’ into remission. A team led by Professor Paul Clarke and Dr Adrian Saurin, from the University’s School of Medicine, discovered that the enzyme USP9X controls the proper timing of cell division, the process that makes new cells during the growth and repair of tissues. When a cell divides it faces the difficult task of separating its duplicated DNA perfectly into two new daughter cells that are genetically identical. Our cells have ...

Targeting enzyme may tip cancer ‘over the edge’

12 Apr 2018

Smoke alarm research leads to prestigious shortlisting

University of Dundee research exploring how a new generation of smoke alarms could help save the lives of children around the world has been shortlisted for a prestigious industry prize. A study by Professor Niamh Nic Daeid, Director of the University’s Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science, and her research student Dave Coss, a fire Investigator and Watch Commander with Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, demonstrated that children respond to different smoke alarm tones than adults. Following their preliminary findings, they called for 500 families in a large scale citizen science project ...

Smoke alarm research leads to prestigious shortlisting

12 Apr 2018

Discovery raises possibility of treating neurological disorders

The discovery of a novel class of enzyme in human biology by scientists at the University of Dundee has opened a new area of research that could benefit patients suffering from a range of neurological disorders. These disorders include the acquired neuropathies associated with chemotherapy and diabetes, both of which are on the rise and significantly affect patient quality of life. The researchers say there is also potential for slowing the progression of a range of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.  In a paper published in the journal Nature, Dr Satpa...

Discovery raises possibility of treating neurological disorders

11 Apr 2018

Dolly scientist backs research drive to tackle Parkinson’s disease

Professor Sir Ian Wilmut – who led the team that created Dolly the sheep – has backed an initiative to tackle Parkinson’s disease, after being diagnosed with the condition. The eminent scientist announced his diagnosis today – World Parkinson’s Day – ahead of the launch of a major research programme that will see experts at the Universities of Edinburgh and Dundee join forces in the quest to better understand the disease. They will set up infrastructure to enable the first trials in Scotland in a generation for therapies that aim to slow down Parkinson’s disease pr...

Dolly scientist backs research drive to tackle Parkinson’s disease