Michael and Sheena

Michael Marra and Sheena Wellington Benefit Concert in aid of Diabetes Research Campaign - Friday, 14th September 2007 8.00pm, Bonar Hall

The University of Dundee is delighted that two of Dundee's most
renowned performers, Michael Marra and Sheena Wellington will give an exclusive performance in aid of the University's Diabetes Research

I do hope that you will help support our campaign and have a chance to hear two of the most outstanding musical talents in Scotland by coming along on September 14th.

Tickets cost £12.50 and are on sale at Groucho's, Nethergate, Dundee
Contact Groucho's (01382 228496)or via Dundee Store =

Michael Marra is acclaimed as one of Scotland's finest songwriters and has created a body of work that can be matched by few of his
contemporaries. Anyone who has witnessed his solo shows will testify to his talent to entertain and, through his combination of humour and
thought provoking lyrics, to offer insights into the human condition.

Born in Dundee to a family of singers and weavers Sheena Wellington is one of Scotland's leading singer/songwriters. Her acclaimed career
began at the precociously early age of two when she made her first stage appearance at a singing competition.

She is perhaps best known for her powerful rendition of Burns' "A Man's A Man For 'A That" at the opening ceremony of the first Scottish Parliament for almost three hundred years in July 1999. Her moving performance was hailed by many as the highlight of an historic day.
Sheena's repertoire covers everything from Burns to ballads to the best of contemporary song writing. She is also a passionate and articulate campaigner for traditional Scottish music and has played a significant role in the fight for greater recognition and funding for Scottish arts and culture.

Sheena and Michael have agreed to give their time and talent for free
to aid the University's Diabetes Research Campaign which aims to raise £3.3m to help extend and create clinical research centres in Dundee, Perth and Forfar; develop a bespoke diabetes translational research laboratory to take advantage of the world class discoveries taking place in the College of Life Sciences; and to create a research team exploring the causes of Type 1 diabetes.

Diabetes is now the fastest growing epidemic in the developed world. It is estimated that more than 300 million people worldwide will suffer
from the disease by 2020. The disease has been recognised as the
greatest threat to world health by the United Nations in a general
resolution. In Tayside there has been a 90% increase in the incidence
of diabetes in the last 9 years and the need to develop clinical research facilities across Tayside is urgent. The campaign aims to provide the facilities and technology to enable scientists and doctors to work together to develop better and more effective treatments and to devise preventative strategies for the disease.