20 Jan 2016

Phenomics Discovery Initiative launched

The Universities of Dundee, Oxford and Edinburgh have announced the formation of the Phenotypic Discovery Initiative (PDi) with Janssen Pharmaceutica N.V. the first industry partner joining the initiative. A phenotype is one or more observable features or traits that report changes in a biological system or its reaction its environment. Phenotypic screening is the systematic identification of agents (such as small molecules, biological molecules or genetic mutations) that alter a phenotype. Phenotypic changes are a factor in most diseases, whether it is a cancer cell undergoing uncontrolled cell division, ...

15 Jan 2016

Great War Dundee wins 2016 Stephen Fry Award

The Great War Dundee (GWD) Commemorative Project has won the Stephen Fry Award for Excellence in Public Engagement with Research 2016. University of Dundee historians Dr Billy Kenefick and Dr Derek Patrick co-founded the GWD project and, alongside partner groups, are coordinating the city-wide approach to commemorate the conflict. Their research has led to startling discoveries about Dundee’s contribution to the war effort as well as a greater understanding of the conflict’s impact and legacy in the city. Through various initiatives and events, Dr Kenefick, Dr Derek Patrick and their colleagues...

Great War Dundee wins 2016 Stephen Fry Award

14 Jan 2016

University set to benefit from IOMet Pharma deal

The University of Dundee is set to benefit after a specialist Scottish drug discovery firm it helped to grow was bought out in a multi-million pound £280 million deal. Researchers at the University worked with Edinburgh-based IOmet Pharma to develop IDO and TDO inhibitors – rate-limiting enzymes that are key targets for the global pharmaceutical industry in the field of cancer immunotherapy. The New Jersey-based global health care group Merck has announced it had acquired IOmet and its clinical pipeline through its MSD subsidiary. As the deal went through, IOmet chief executive Dr Alan Wise pai...

University set to benefit from IOMet Pharma deal

11 Jan 2016

Fiona’s tablet tally rises to £53,000 for breast cancer research

Sweet-toothed Taysiders and Fifers have boosted the fantastic fundraising efforts of a Dundee woman through sales of her homemade tablet – with over £53,000 raised for breast cancer research. Mrs Fiona Edwards has been fundraising since 2003 by selling her homemade tablet at running events and through friends and family around Tayside and Fife. Over the course of 2015 she raised £5200 and will present a cheque to Professor Andrew Evans at the University of Dundee Medical School on Monday January 11th. “This year has been a little harder as I think that people are becoming more `suga...

Fiona’s tablet tally rises to £53,000 for breast cancer research

21 Dec 2015

Using maths to unravel the Sun’s magnetic fields

Complex magnetic fields in the Sun’s atmosphere help heat it to multi-million degree temperatures and create explosive events such as solar flares that affect us here on Earth. Now a major research project led by the University of Dundee is aiming to use mathematics to boost our knowledge of how these magnetic structures are formed and the effect they have. “There is a growing appreciation of the effect that solar weather, including events such as solar flares and coronal mass ejections, has on the Earth and our atmosphere,” said Professor Gunnar Hornig, of the Magnetohydrodynamics Group ...