21 Nov 2017

Atopic eczema: one size does not fit all

Researchers from the UK and Netherlands have identified five distinct subgroups of eczema, a finding that helps explain how the condition can affect people at different stages of their lives. Doctors and patients have long known that the itchy skin condition can affect people in many different ways. Now Professor Sara Brown from the University of Dundee and collaborators at the University of Bristol and the University of Groningen, Netherlands, have shown for the first time that there are atopic dermatitis subgroups in children. Professor Brown said, “This research study has confirmed that eczema is ...

Atopic eczema: one size does not fit all

1 Nov 2017

Dundee-China links strengthened with guest professorship

The University of Dundee has formed a new link with China, with Professor Daan van Aalten from the School of Life Sciences being appointed a guest professor at Xiangya Hospital at Central South University in Changsha, China. Professor van Aalten is a Wellcome Trust Investigator in the Division of Gene Regulation and Expression in the School of Life Sciences. He is one of the world’s leading authorities on the role of the enzyme O-GlcNAc transferase in neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative diseases. He is an author on over 170 scientific papers, the latest being a major breakthrough in identifying ...

Dundee-China links strengthened with guest professorship

27 Oct 2017

Dundee named as world centre of pharmaceutical innovation

The University of Dundee is the world’s most influential pharmaceuticals research institution, according to a major global survey that places it ahead of the likes of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California Berkeley. This year’s ‘The State of Innovation’ report by Clarivate Analytics ranks Dundee as the most influential scientific research institution in pharmaceuticals for the period 2006-16. The University of Edinburgh is the only other UK representative in the top 10, which features prestigious institutions such as Switzerland's Ecole Polytechnique ...

Dundee named as world centre of pharmaceutical innovation

23 Oct 2017

Vaccinating against psoriasis, allergies and Alzheimer’s a possibility, research shows

Research from the Universities of Dundee and Oxford has shown how combining the tetanus vaccine with a viral particle that normally affects cucumbers can be used to treat psoriasis and allergies, and may even protect against Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists led by Dundee’s Dr John Foerster and Oxford’s Professor Martin Bachmann, were able to take the protein coat of cucumber mosaic virus and incorporate a tetanus vaccine-derived protein structure known to stimulate the immune system in order to create vaccines to treat multiple chronic diseases. The vaccine showed positive results in model...

Vaccinating against psoriasis, allergies and Alzheimer’s a possibility, research shows

17 Oct 2017

Barley scientists discover path to improved grain quality

Scientists from the International Barley Hub have discovered a genetic pathway to improved barley grain size and uniformity, a finding which may help breeders develop future varieties suited to the needs of growers and distillers. In the latest issue of Nature Communications, cereal genetics researchers working with Professor Robbie Waugh and Dr Sarah McKim, at the James Hutton Institute and the University of Dundee’s Division of Plant Sciences, examined the genetic control of grain formation in barley, specifically the role of a gene called VRS3. Researchers found that a mutation in this gene improv...

Barley scientists discover path to improved grain quality