16 Oct 2017

Diabetes patients asked to help with world leading study in Scotland

A major diabetes study conducted by researchers in Scotland into how the disease develops and some of the reasons why it varies from patient to patient is now looking to recruit patients from across the country. The GoDARTS study is looking for help from patients with diabetes in Scotland who have been diagnosed within the past two years. Over the past 20 years in Tayside the GoDARTS study - one of the world’s leading studies into the disease – has worked with patients to build a database of information that has been made available to researchers worldwide and helped to define genetic factors r...

Diabetes patients asked to help with world leading study in Scotland

12 Oct 2017

BBC-University collaboration explores how machines can help us argue

Eight simple ways to win an argument Moral Maze: Test Your Argument Moral Maze: Argument Analytics Computing researchers from the University of Dundee are working with the BBC to devise computer software that challenges people to improve their arguing skills. Professor Chris Reed and his colleagues from the Centre for Argument Technology (ARG-tech) have signed an agreement for a suite of technology to be piloted in conjunction with BBC programming. The partnership builds on many years of collaboration between Professor Reed and the makers of the popular Radio 4 live discussion programme, The Moral Maze. ...

BBC-University collaboration explores how machines can help us argue

5 Oct 2017

Dundee scientists make Parkinson’s breakthrough

Scientists at the University of Dundee have identified the structure of a key enzyme that protects the brain against Parkinson’s disease. The result of a decade of work, the research team said that solving the 3D structure and inner workings of the PINK1 enzyme represented a major breakthrough. “Solving the structure and workings of PINK1 gives us crucial insights in to how it exerts a protective role in Parkinson’s,” said Dr Miratul Muqit, Wellcome Trust Senior Clinical Fellow and Consultant Neurologist at the MRC Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit (MRC-PPU) in the Sch...

Dundee scientists make Parkinson’s breakthrough

25 Sep 2017

Chancellor visits `world leading’ life sciences at Dundee

Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, today visited the University of Dundee where he was given an insight into the world leading research being carried out in Life Sciences. Dundee is the top-rated University in the UK for biological sciences research. Mr Hammond was given a tour of the School of Life Sciences including the Discovery Centre, the £50million building which was supported by direct funding from the UK Government. Elements of the tour included a visit to the Drug Discovery Unit, where work is ongoing to identify potential new treatments for some of the world’s major diseases...

Chancellor visits `world leading’ life sciences at Dundee

19 Sep 2017

Smoking number one risk factor for PAD

research also points to diabetes as cause of disease that can lead to limb amputation Smoking and diabetes are the two leading risk factors for peripheral artery disease (PAD), a narrowing of the arteries which can result in amputation, according to a study carried out at the University of Dundee and part-funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF). Diabetics who smoked were 16 times more likely to develop PAD than non-smoking non-diabetics. Cholesterol came top of the list of risk factors for coronary heart disease (CHD), when the coronary arteries supplying the heart become narrowed and can cause a he...

Smoking number one risk factor for PAD