Announcements

Putting the brakes on cancer News

19th December, 2014

A study led by the University of Dundee, in collaboration with the University of Bath, has uncovered an important role played by a tumour suppressor gene, helping scientists to better understand how it combats the effects of mutations which drive cancer development. The research, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) USA, shows how an enzyme called Dual-specificity p...

Refurbishment of the Photobiology Unit at Ninewells News

19th December, 2014

Patients visiting the Photobiology Unit at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee will now benefit from a new modern environment following the completion of a refurbishment programme. The Photobiology Unit offers a national service for the investigation and treatment of patients with abnormal sunlight sensitivity. This service was first introduced in 1973 and it is available to all patients across Scotland...

New insights into why people get side effects with the most commonly prescribed diabetes drug News

17th December, 2014

A study by the University of Dundee has revealed why some patients taking the most commonly prescribed diabetes drug are susceptible to suffering gastrointestinal side effects. Researchers say their findings suggest patients who are suffering side effects from taking metformin should review their prescribed treatment with their GP. Metformin is the medication of choice for most patients with typ...

Patients welcomed into new unit at Blairgowrie Community Hospital News

17th December, 2014

Patients have now moved into a new GP unit at Blairgowrie Community Hospital following the completion of a £2.36million redevelopment project. Building work began on site in April to provide a modern environment for patient care, incorporating a purpose-built inpatient GP unit. The hospital now offers an upgraded GP ward facility offering both single and twin rooms, which are all en-suite....

Research uncovers workings of cellular `traffic controller’ News

16th December, 2014

Researchers at the University of Dundee have uncovered the workings of a `traffic light’ control system which lies at the heart of one of the most common cellular processes in the human body. During our lifetime the cells in a typical human body undergo 10,000 trillion rounds of division. This is why we have evolved intricate signalling circuits to ensure they can do this with incredible ac...

NHS Tayside Quality Award winners announced News

16th December, 2014

NHS Tayside announced the winners of the 2014 Quality Awards which recognise staff’s ideas for improving the care and treatment of patients. Chairman Sandy Watson and non-executive member of Tayside NHS Board and Chair of the Quality Awards Group Alison Rogers hosted the awards ceremony which was held in the Ian Low Centre in Ninewells Hospital.  The top prize was picked up by a...

Forfar GP surgeries invite patients to help shape future services News

16th December, 2014

Academy Medical Centre and Ravenswood Surgery in Forfar are inviting people registered with both practices to get involved in an exciting opportunity to influence the way in which services will be delivered in future. The two practices, which have over 14,000 of the local population registered with them, want to develop more sustainable ways of working that will allow them to meet local need. Ov...

NHS Tayside Quality Awards Finalists Announced News

26th November, 2014

NHS Tayside staff’s ideas for improving the care and treatment of patients are being celebrated as the finalists for the NHS Tayside Quality Awards are announced. The awards, now in their fourth year, recognise and reward excellence and quality in healthcare services across Tayside. Over 45 teams entered the competition and 11 projects from across Tayside have made it to the finals. ...

Research targets heart damage enzyme News

26th November, 2014

The workings of an enzyme which is thought to play a role in damaging heart muscle during a heart attack have been revealed for the first time by researchers at the University of Dundee. The teams’ research into the enzyme DHHC5 raises the possibility that it might be a plausible drug target. The results of the research, which was supported by a grant from the British Heart Foundation (BHF...

Your Community, Your Voice, Your Future: Improving mental health services in Northwest Perthshire News

26th November, 2014

Residents in Northwest Perthshire are being encouraged to get involved in discussions to help shape the future of older people’s mental health services in the area. An information drop-in cafe will take place at the Atholl Centre in Pitlochry on Saturday, 29 November from 10am to 12noon. Members of the local community are invited to come along to the drop-in event to discuss the developmen...