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Research raises possibility of effective, quick and reliable new test for bladder cancer News

12th October, 2012

Research carried out at the University of Dundee has raised hopes of developing a quicker and more reliable new method of detecting urinary bladder cancer at an earlier stage.A team from the University's School of Medicine, led by Dr Ghulam Nabi, has found that a process known as Raman spectroscopy (RS) has shown substantive promise in diagnosing bladder cancer.At present, the most reliable way to...

Major UK research partnership investment fund award to complete Centre for Translational and Interdisciplinary Research at Dundee News

12th October, 2012

The University of Dundee has been awarded almost £12 million through the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF) to complete the Centre for Translational and Interdisciplinary Research project.The award is a major boost to the biomedical sciences in Scotland. It will enhance capacity at the College of Life Sciences in four key areas, including drug discovery - an area in which Dunde...

Better guidelines needed for multimorbidity News

12th October, 2012

New clinical guidelines need to be developed to help doctors provide better care for people with more than one chronic illness, according to a research team led by the University of Dundee.In an article published in the British Medical Journal, the research team - which includes the Universities of Dundee, Glasgow and Manchester and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)...

\'Gold Standard\' for TASC\'s Clinical Trials Unit\' News

28th August, 2012

Tayside Clinical Trials Unit (TCTU) - a joint initiative between the University of Dundee and NHS Tayside - has been given 'gold standard' full registration status by the UK Clinical Research Collaboration.The UKCRC is the national body overseeing clinical trial units in the UK. To receive full registration a unit such as TCTU has to demonstrate to an international panel of experts that it can coo...

Professor Pete Downes appointed Universities Scotland Convener News

20th August, 2012

Universities Scotland has announced the appointment of Professor Pete Downes, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dundee, as its Convener for the next two years.The body, which represents Scotland's universities, also announced that Professor Petra Wend, Principal of Queen Margaret University has been appointed as Vice-Convener for the same period. They will serve in their respectiv...

New Centres put health records at the heart of UK medical research News

3rd August, 2012

A consortium of 10 UK government and charity funders, led by the Medical Research Council (MRC), has made a historic £19 million investment to establish four e-health research Centres of Excellence in London, Manchester, Dundee and Swansea. The funding awards were announced today at the British Business Embassy's life sciences summit at Lancaster House by the Minister for Universities and Sc...

University shares in \'Confidence In Concept\' funding News

3rd August, 2012

The University of Dundee has been given the top award of £750,000 in the first funding announcement from the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Technology Strategy Board under the joint £180 million Biomedical Catalyst. The awards were announced today by Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts at the British Business Embassy's life sciences summit at Lancaster House.Th...

Grant to help collaboration to further knowledge of biochemistry News

30th July, 2012

Scientists from the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews have been awarded £580,000 for leading-edge equipment to further their investigations into biochemical processes that play a role in all human disease states.The collaboration received a Wellcome Trust Biomedical Research & Multi-User Equipment Grant to allow them to purchase state of the art electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR)...

Evolutionary leap over 500 million years ago gives new insights into human diseases News

30th July, 2012

 Picture is of amphioxus.An evolutionary leap made at the bottom of the ocean over 500 million years ago gives new insights into the causes of human diseases such as diabetes, cancer and neurological disorders, according to newly published research from scientists at the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews.Vertebrates emerged around 500 million years ago from a massive evolutionary upheaval...

Hypertension drug does not increase breast cancer risk for women over 55 News

24th July, 2012

A commonly prescribed medicine used to treat conditions such as heart failure and hypertension does not present women over 55 with any increased risk of breast cancer, a new study at the University of Dundee has shown.Many breast cancers are female hormone (oestrogen) dependent. The medicine, spironolactone, blocks male hormones (androgens) and increases the relative effects of oestrogens. As such...