Announcements

Opposites attract: how DNA determines who suffers from eczema and who develops psoriasis News

13th January, 2015

New research led by experts from the University of Dundee, working with colleagues from England, Ireland, Germany and the USA, has shown for the first time why some people develop eczema and skin allergies whilst others are prone to psoriasis. Eczema and psoriasis are among the most common skin conditions. Eczema affects up to one quarter of school-aged children in the UK and 1 in 50 people may s...

Tayside report on 'legal highs' commended News

13th January, 2015

A report to improve the understanding of the use of New Psychoactive Substances, also known as ‘legal highs’, across Tayside has been commended during a Scottish Parliament debate. The report, ‘New Psychoactive Substances Needs Assessment for Tayside 2014,’ was discussed by MSPs during a members’ business debate on Tuesday 6 January 2015. It was produced by NHS Tays...

Healthy shelfies to promote cancer prevention News

13th January, 2015

January is a time of year when many people traditionally look to become a bit more healthy, starting out on diets or just eating more healthily as part of their New Year resolutions. Many may not realise it but by doing so they are taking significant action to prevent cancer. A healthy diet has been shown to have positive benefits in helping to reduce the risk of cancer developing. Now the Scott...

NHS Tayside launches Community Innovation Fund News

7th January, 2015

Mr Sandy Watson, Chairman of NHS Tayside, launched a pioneering £2million fund to benefit communities across the region. The Community Innovation Fund, which builds on the work of the former cash4communities fund, aims to help community groups to develop local improvement projects that will benefit the health and wellbeing of their local population. The Fund is financed through the Tay...

Scottish Study Finds Improvement in Life Expectancy for Patients with Type 1 Diabetes News

7th January, 2015

A major study of patients in Scotland living with type 1 diabetes has found life expectancy has improved in comparison to previous research, although it still lags significantly behind that of the general population without diabetes. The study carried out by researchers at the University of Dundee and the Scottish Diabetes Research Network shows that type 1 diabetes is associated with on average...

New Year's Honour for Professor Dilip Nathwani News

7th January, 2015

Professor Dilip Nathwani, AHSP Co-Director, has been awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Year’s Honours list for services to the treatment of infectious diseases. Professor Nathwani is a Consultant Physician of Infectious Diseases at NHS Tayside and Honorary Professor of Infection at the University of Dundee.   He also serves as Director of Medical Educat...

Dundee Health Professions Education Research Seminars announce programme for 2015 News

22nd December, 2014

Dundee Health Professions Education Research Seminar series have announced a new programme for 2015. These seminars aim to build research capacity and capability and welcome all healthcare educators (University and NHS-based), colleagues from SESWCE, SMERC and NES. Seminar series in 2015 have been aligned with Medical Education Research Consortium (SMERC) research networks (building a resili...

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...