15 Feb 2016

Diabetic volunteers sought for foot study

Researchers at the University of Dundee examining the effect vibration has in ulcers occurring in the feet of diabetic patients are appealing for volunteers to aid them in their efforts. A team of researchers led by Professor Rami Abboud in the Institute of Motion Analysis & Research at the University are investigating the effects that different vibration frequencies have upon the feet. “We hope this study will help in providing better medical management for diabetic patients and give healthcare professionals a better understanding of how to avoid the occurrence of diabetic foot ulcers,” sa...

15 Feb 2016

Dundee shares in £23.2m Medical Research Council boost

The University of Dundee has been awarded almost £1million of £23m in new grants announced today by the Medical Research Council (MRC). The MRC is accelerating innovative medical research with £23.3 million in new funding to take ground-breaking ideas from UK universities into industry and out to patients. The announcement was made today by Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson. Mike Ferguson, Regius Professor of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee, said, “The MRC funding in this area of life sciences is crucial in ensuring that opportunities for new therapies, dia...

Dundee shares in £23.2m Medical Research Council boost

9 Feb 2016

University to mark collaboration with Japanese pharma company

A Japanese delegation will tomorrow visit the University of Dundee to initiate a partnership seeking to develop new treatments for inflammatory diseases. Scientists and executives from Ono, Japan’s oldest pharmaceutical company, will meet with leading researchers from the University’s School of Life Sciences to mark the start of the collaboration, which will see the Dundee team help Ono to launch a new drug discovery project. Ono are seeking to develop a new therapy for common inflammatory diseases based on scientific discoveries made in Dundee. Professor Sir Philip Cohen, of the School of Life...

University to mark collaboration with Japanese pharma company

4 Feb 2016

€2million to investigate DNA damage and repair

A University of Dundee researcher has been awarded a prestigious €2million grant to investigate how DNA becomes damaged, leading to ageing and disease. Dr Helen Walden, of the University’s School of Life Sciences, has been awarded the European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant. The highly competitive awards are given to the best and most creative researchers working in Europe. The funding will create four new research posts at the University’s Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit (MRC-PPU). Dr Walden and her team will look to discover how to repa...

€2million to investigate DNA damage and repair

2 Feb 2016

Dundee-China collaboration discovers potential ‘Achilles heel’ of potato blight

Scientists working in Scotland and China have uncovered a potential Achilles’ heel in the organism which causes potato blight, a global problem with associated costs estimated at $6billion around the world every year. Blight was the cause of the infamous Irish potato famine in the nineteenth century and remains a huge problem around the world, particularly as more countries turn to potato as a major staple crop and ramp up production. China is now the world’s major producer of potatoes. Scientists at the University of Dundee and James Hutton Institute in Scotland have been working with colleagu...

Dundee-China collaboration discovers potential ‘Achilles heel’ of potato blight