13 Jul 2015

Breakthrough in fibre optics opens up possibility of better understanding of disease and communication revolution

A new study from the University of Dundee could open up a new era of superfast communications technology and lead to breakthroughs in the treatment of medical conditions such as Alzheimer’s. Particles of light can, in principle, carry and deliver an unlimited amount of information between two remote places. The information can be encoded into the shape of photons, which then travel through a communication channel and are decoded at the end point. A problem arises, however, when the information encoded to the photon shapes gets scrambled as the fibre is looped or bent or when the fibre suffers by even...

Breakthrough in fibre optics opens up possibility of better understanding of disease and communication revolution

9 Jul 2015

Major European award for plant genetics research

A James Hutton Institute and University of Dundee scientist has been awarded a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant to undertake research on the fundamental mechanisms that underpin the inheritance of genetic characteristics in cereal crop breeding. It is hoped that results may assist the development of new cereal varieties suited to challenging growing conditions. Professor Robbie Waugh was awarded €2.5 million to support a 60-month study that will look into the dynamics of the process called recombination that drives the exchange of parental genetic information in plant breedin...

Major European award for plant genetics research

3 Jul 2015

Community policing to be investigated after prestigious grant award

Researchers at the University of Dundee and Edinburgh Napier University have shared in 4.6million Euros funding to investigate best practice in community policing across the EU. Dr Megan O’Neill, from Dundee, and Edinburgh Napier’s Dr Liz Aston have been awarded 285,000 Euros to carry out work as part of the ‘Unity’ consortium looking at how to strengthen cooperation between law enforcement agencies and citizens via digital technology. The funding for Unity comes from Horizon 2020, the largest ever EU Research and Innovation programme. The project is examining community policing in ...

Community policing to be investigated after prestigious grant award

22 Jun 2015

Vitamin D `not guilty’ in heart disease and winter deaths

The belief that vitamin D deficiency from lack of sunshine – like childhood rickets a hundred years ago – causes increased heart disease and deaths in winter has been challenged by research from the University of Dundee. The research, led by Emeritus Professor Hugh Tunstall-Pedoe and published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, suggests that vitamin D is not guilty and is unimportant in cardiovascular disease and winter deaths, whatever its role in other diseases. Vitamin D was first linked with excess winter disease in 1981, the same year that the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit in...

19 Jun 2015

Stop and search pilot evaluation published

Researchers at the University of Dundee and Edinburgh Napier University have published a report evaluating a new approach to stop and search piloted by Police Scotland. The research was carried out by Dr Megan O’Neill, from Dundee, and Edinburgh Napier’s Dr Liz Aston. It commends Fife Division for their efforts to make stop and search more effective and address public concerns about the measures and highlights elements of the pilot, which can be regarded as good practice. The authors also make 19 recommendations for improvement, including how to deal with problematic aspects of consensual searc...

Stop and search pilot evaluation published