1 Feb 2016

Dundee scientists find DNA “molecular scissors” are vital in preventing cancers

Scientists at the University of Dundee have discovered that “molecular scissors” that repair damaged and abnormal DNA are critical for keeping cancers at bay. The laboratory of Professor John Rouse at the University’s Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitlation Unit (MRC-PPU) first discovered that a protein called FAN1 was important for cutting and repairing damaged DNA in our cells in 2010. Recent work carried out by Dr Christophe Lachaud under the direction of Professor Rouse have shown that FAN1 carries out another important task separate from repairing DNA, but ...

Dundee scientists find DNA “molecular scissors” are vital in preventing cancers

28 Jan 2016

Identifying Another Piece in the Parkinson's Disease Pathology Puzzle

International Consortium Identifies and Validates Cellular Role of Priority Parkinson’s Disease Drug Target, LRRK2 Kinase An international public-private consortium of researchers brought together by the University of Dundee and led by The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research has identified and validated for the first time the cellular role of a primary Parkinson’s disease drug target. In work published in eLife, the team comprising investigators from the University of Dundee, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, GlaxoSmithKline and MSD, known as Merck & Co., Inc., in...

Identifying Another Piece in the Parkinson's Disease Pathology Puzzle

26 Jan 2016

Royal Society of Chemistry award for Dundee researcher

Dr Alessio Ciulli of the University of Dundee has been named the winner of a major award from the Royal Society of Chemistry. Dr Ciulli, from the University’s School of Life Sciences, has been named joint winner of the Capps Green Zomaya Memorial Award by the RSC. The award recognises outstanding work in medicinal or computational medicinal chemistry and is given to `an individual judged to have made an important contribution to the discovery or development of new medicines’, with nominations open to candidates up to the age of 40. The award has been given to Dr Ciulli in recognition of his wor...

Royal Society of Chemistry award for Dundee researcher

22 Jan 2016

Medical school access `dominated by most affluent’, says new study

Access to medical school across the UK is still dominated by students from more affluent parts of society, a new study led by the University of Dundee has shown. The study has revealed considerable variation between the four UK nations and between different medical schools. Researchers from the Universities of Dundee and Central Lancashire analysed application data for 22 medical schools and around 30,000 applicants across the UK for the three years from 2009-10 to 2011-12, The study was supported by the UK Clinical Aptitude Test consortium (http://www.ukcat.ac.uk/our-research ) which provided data. The re...

Medical school access `dominated by most affluent’, says new study

22 Jan 2016

£1.3million funding for research into the cellular division errors that drive cancer

The University of Dundee’s Dr Adrian Saurin has been awarded £1.3million to explore how the body’s cells replicate themselves correctly and why this goes wrong in cancer. Dr Saurin, of the University’s School of Medicine, has received the funding from Cancer Research UK to carry out fundamental research into the mechanism of cellular division. Four new posts will be created as part of the six-year study. When division occurs, the new cells should be exact copies of the original but this process goes wrong in the vast majority of cancer cells. The result is that cells within the same...

£1.3million funding for research into the cellular division errors that drive cancer