Announcements

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...

Health professionals say `Healthy Start’ could be improved News

21st January, 2015

Health professionals say making vitamins free to all pregnant women and children under the age of 5 would be more cost-effective and lead to greater health gains for society than current provision, a study led by the University of Dundee has found. The research, published in the British Medical Journal, examined the impact of the UK Government’s Healthy Start Programme, a means-tested schem...

HRH The Princess Royal opens the Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research News

16th January, 2015

HRH The Princess Royal formally opened the Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research at the University of Dundee in a ceremony on Thursday (16 January). The Farr Institute is a state-of-the-art facility for research based on health-related data. The University of Dundee has been a pioneer in this approach, and enjoys an international reputation for health informatics research. Use of health...

Need advice on a research proposal? TASC starts Research Clinics 2015 News

14th January, 2015

Tayside Medical Science Centre (TASC) starts a programme of Research Clinics for 2015. The TASC Research Clinics are designed to give anyone involved or interested in clinical research the opportunity to come along and get quick answers to questions on a wide range of topics, including ethics, research governance, research approvals, intellectual property & commercialisation, and research des...