Our name is complicated but our mission is simple: to understand how almost every aspect of biology is controlled by “molecular signals”, which can lead to disease when they go wrong. Our findings should help the development of new medicines, and we are very keen to share our work with the wider world. Our scientists speak at science festivals, “science cafes”, charity conferences and open events at the University of Dundee. We also work closely with local school pupils, and are currently building a new partnership with patients and carers who are affected by Parkinson’s disease.
Our scientists, students and support staff work in partnership with Baldragon Academy in Dundee, to inspire students by providing new opportunities for them to learn about science.
We are working with the charity Parkinson’s UK, as well as with local patients and carers, to establish a ‘Parkinson’s Research Interest Group’ in Tayside. We look forward to discussing our findings with the group and to hearing what they think about our work.
In partnership with the ‘Dundee Contemporary Arts’ center, the School of Life Sciences aims to help schoolchildren and teachers develop ‘stop motion animation skills’, to create animated films about aspects of biology. The ‘Animating Science’ project aims to make science learning more fun by deepening the pupils’ engagement. Dr. Ian Ganley from the MRC PPU is the University of Dundee’s academic lead.