Announcements

MBE for Tayside Stroke Nurse News

11th February, 2015

Margaret Mitchell, NHS Tayside Community Nurse and lead of the Stroke Liaison Team has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours List for services to healthcare with NHS Tayside. Margaret, who lives in Forfar, has spent the past four-and-a-half decades in nursing and in recent years has been involved in the care of stroke sufferers in Tayside. She graduated with a BSC (Hons) degree and an MSC i...

Next generation of dementia scientists to focus on lifestyle factors News

9th February, 2015

Scientists investigating the causes of dementia will study how lifestyle factors impact blood flow in the brain. The University of Dundee is one of four Scottish universities joining forces to study how diet, exercise and other factors affect the amount of blood that reaches brain tissue and how that may affect memory. Researchers say that a reduction in blood flow can impair memory and is one o...

University/Pfizer Inc. agreement on Cystic Fibrosis research News

9th February, 2015

The University of Dundee has entered into a Research Program Agreement with Pfizer Inc. to jointly conduct research that may lead to potential novel treatments for Cystic Fibrosis. The project will be carried out as part of Pfizer’s Rare Disease Consortium and builds on a program of research within the laboratory of Professor Irwin McLean, Head of Molecular Medicine at Dundee, and the Unive...

Cancer experts challenged to make meetings healther News

4th February, 2015

Scotland’s leading experts on cancer will be challenged to make meetings healthier and help practice what they preach when they meet for the annual Scottish Cancer Prevention Network conference on Wednesday February 4th, World Cancer Day. The SCPN is launching the 'Healthy meetings in 10 lines’ initiative at the conference, which aims to encourage meetings organisers in all walks of l...

ALFIE asking for over-65s to boost research News

3rd February, 2015

Over-65’s in Tayside are being asked to help researchers aiming to find out if a commonly used drug, normally given for treating gout, could boost muscle strength and give a better quality of life in later years. Allopurinol is a medicine which doctors have been prescribing for over 50 years, normally for the treatment of gout. However, research has indicated that allopurinol may also be ab...

Evelyn signs up as 50,000th volunteer to 'SHARE' News

28th January, 2015

SHARE (The Scottish Health Research Register) is a unique project which aims to make it easier for researchers in Scotland to carry out ground-breaking medical research and uses blood left over from testing to help improve treatments for diseases such as cancer, diabetes and asthma. Every day in Scotland around 70,000 samples of blood are discarded after routine clinical testing. Researchers are...

Dundee ranked 7th in UK for impact on global health News

27th January, 2015

The University of Dundee is ranked 7th in the UK for its impact on global health in a new ‘league table’ launched at the January 2015 meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health, chaired by Lord Nigel Crisp, former NHS Chief Executive and now member of the House of Lords Compiled by Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) and Medsin-UK, the ranking criteri...

University nurse aids Ebola effort in Liberia News

27th January, 2015

A University of Dundee nurse has returned from aiding the effort to combat Ebola in Liberia. Dr Steve McSwiggan is a Senior Clinical Trials Manager in the Tayside Medical Science Centre, which is a partnership between the University and NHS Tayside. He went to Liberia late last year to help establish and deliver a clinical trial looking at the effectiveness of a drug to treat the disease. &ldquo...

Dundee ultrasound expertise to boost major US nanoscale science project News

23rd January, 2015

A University of Dundee research team, which is among the world leaders in developing new uses for ultrasound, is to look at the potential to develop nano-robots as part of a major study in the USA. The Dundee team is one of only a handful of international partners to be selected to take part in the prestigious US government-funded project. The Dundee researchers, whose work on an acoustic tracto...

NHS Tayside Chairman Sandy Watson Announces Retirement News

21st January, 2015

Mr Sandy Watson, Chairman of the Board of NHS Tayside, has announced that he will retire at the end of May after 48 years of public service. Today’s announcement brings to a close Mr Watson’s three public sector careers and a lifetime of service to communities across Scotland. He started as an educator, teaching in Morrison’s Academy and ending that chapter as Director of Educa...