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.
If you would like to know more about any of our programmes for the public then please contact our Senior Administrator Alison Hart by email on email@example.com.
Four of our PhD students gave a ten-minute talk about their work to public visitors at our open day on 16 June as part of the 2018 MRC Festival of Medical Research. Our guests had a lot of questions for the team ranging from ‘does everyone get dementia when they get older? to ‘what would happen if your body didn’t have any amino acids?’. You can watch their talks again here.