7 Mar 2016

Chemical probe brings new insight into Parkinson’s disease

Pioneering chemical technology developed at the University of Dundee is giving scientists the clearest insight yet into crucial biochemical processes that are active in many diseases, including Parkinson’s disease. Dr Satpal Virdee, leader of the research team, said their findings could `revolutionise’ research capability. Working in collaboration with Dr Miratul Muqit, the Dundee team have already used their newly developed tools to make new discoveries relating to the activity of the Parkin enzyme, which when mutated is a cause of Parkinson’s disease. The results of the research are pub...

Chemical probe brings new insight into Parkinson’s disease

7 Mar 2016

Group identifications affect likelihood of teenagers smoking, drinking and taking cannabis

Teenagers who interact positively with their family, school and friends are far less likely to smoke, binge drink and use cannabis than peers who fail to identify with these social groups, according to research from the University of Dundee. The research team, led by Psychology PhD student Kirsty Miller, surveyed more than 1000 high school pupils aged 13-17 from the Fife area. The results showed that group identification protects against adverse health behaviour, with levels of identification with family, school and friendship groups predicting the likelihood of teenagers having smoked cigarettes, drank to...

Group identifications affect likelihood of teenagers smoking, drinking and taking cannabis

2 Mar 2016

Lorraine Kelly becomes 100,000th volunteer to join SHARE

Television presenter – and former Rector of the University of Dundee – Lorraine Kelly has become the 100,000th volunteer to join a Scotland-wide effort to help shape the medicines of the future. SHARE (The Scottish Health Research Register) is a unique initiative which aims to make it easier for researchers to identify suitable recruits from Scotland to carry out ground breaking medical research. SHARE also uses blood left over from routine testing to help improve treatments for diseases such as Cancer, Diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Asthma. SHARE also makes it easier for people to get involve...

29 Feb 2016

Researchers identify mechanism of rare blinding disorder

Scientists have identified a key mechanism that damages the cornea in Meesmann epithelial corneal dystrophy, a rare blinding disorder which is passed from parents to their children. Researchers at the Universities of Dundee and Ulster, working with colleagues in Denmark, have discovered that faults in a gene that is responsible for corneal cell structure and stability lead to protein misfolding and cell death. Meesmann epithelial corneal dystrophy (MECD) is a rare inherited condition in which very small cysts (microcysts) form in the outer layer (epithelium) of the cornea. Symptoms include sensitivity to l...

25 Feb 2016

Zoella revealed as UK children’s favourite author

The biggest annual study into British children’s reading habits, authored by the University of Dundee’s Professor Keith Topping, has revealed that the most popular book for secondary school children is ‘Girl Online’ by vlogger Zoe Sugg aka Zoella. Released today, ‘What Kids Are Reading’ reflects the impact of social media on children’s book choices, with Zoella’s 10 million YouTube subscribers helping ‘Girl Online’ to become the most popular book. The report from Renaissance Learning looks in detail at the reading habits of 725,369 children from 3...

Zoella revealed as UK children’s favourite author