22 Jun 2016

Pioneering use of diabetic drug to treat heart disease

Researchers at the University of Dundee have launched a series of projects to determine whether a new class of anti-diabetes drugs could also be used to treat heart disease. Diabetes and heart disease are frequently seen together and can be a potentially lethal combination. Past and present anti-diabetic medications that lower blood sugar levels have been shown to improve some markers of cardiovascular disease, however there has yet to be conclusive evidence linking them to a reduction in rates of heart attacks and death. Recently, research published in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed a new cl...

Pioneering use of diabetic drug to treat heart disease

16 Jun 2016

Second major design award for ‘Zinc House’

A rural dwelling designed by the University of Dundee’s Professor Graeme Hutton and local firm Leadingham Jameson Rogers + Hynd to blend seamlessly into its surroundings has won a second major architecture prize. The team behind ‘Zinc-House’ near Monikie received a Royal Incorporation of Architects In Scotland (RIAS) Award at the organisation’s annual ceremony in Glasgow last night. The accolade follows on from their success in the Best Residence category of the Scottish Design Awards earlier this month. The University/LJR+H partnership had previously won both awards in 2009 for the...

Second major design award for ‘Zinc House’

14 Jun 2016

Researchers discover new enzyme family

Researchers from the University of Dundee have discovered a new family of enzymes that could provide greater understanding into the development of diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Frontotemporal dementia. In research published online in the journal Molecular Cell, Dr Yogesh Kulathu and colleagues from the University’s School of Life Sciences have reported the discovery of a completely new group of Deubiquitinating enzymes (DUBs). This contradicts the scientific community’s widely held belief that all families of DUBs had already been identified. Ubiquitin signals impact on a wide ...

Researchers discover new enzyme family

13 Jun 2016

Potato parasite’s `toolkit’ revealed

Parasitic nematode worms are the `hidden enemy’ of farmers world-wide, causing billions of pounds worth of crop damage every year. Now an international research collaboration led by the University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute has detailed the genome sequence and inner workings of the yellow potato cyst nematode (PCN), giving scientists new insights into how it can be stopped. “This is an exciting discovery which reveals the potato cyst nematode’s ‘parasitism toolkit’,” said Dr Sebastian Eves-van den Akker, of the University of Dundee’s Division of Plant...

Potato parasite’s `toolkit’ revealed

3 Jun 2016

University study reveals tensions for Olympics

The 2014 World Cup led to an increase in police violence, displacement, sexual exploitation and child labour in Brazil and paints a worrying picture for this summer’s Olympics, say researchers from the University of Dundee. The team, led by Professor Lorraine van Blerk and Dr Andrea Rodriguez, collaborated with Professor Irene Rizzini from the Pontifical Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro to explore the impact of the FIFA World Cup on the most marginalised in society. The Olympics Games, which takes place this August, will see 200 countries participate against a backdrop of discussion on the games...

University study reveals tensions for Olympics