Announcements

Dundee playing central role in €12million European Union Biomarker Project News

19th May, 2010

The University of Dundee is to play a key role in a €12million research project aiming to find early indicators of certain types of cancer and increase the effectiveness of the development of new drugs.The MARCAR project may also help reduce the need for the use of animal testing in some areas of bioscience research.MARCAR is a collaboration between 12 partners involving academia and the phar...

Study offers reassurance on commonly prescribed drug News

19th May, 2010

Researchers at the University of Dundee have found that a drug which is commonly prescribed for patients with conditions including high blood pressure, heart failure and liver disease is safer than a previous study had indicated.Spironolactone is an old medicine that has undergone a resurgence in use in the last 10 years and is now quite commonly prescribed. The reason for this increased use had b...

International Clinical Trials\' Day News

17th May, 2010

Each year, the International Clinical Trials' Day is celebrated around the world on or near the 20th of May in order to celebrate the day that James Lind started his famous trial on the 20th of May 1747 (*www.jameslindlibrary.org).This year the European Clinical Research Infrastructures Network (ECRIN) will be celebrating International Clinical Trials Day 2010 with its annual event, aimed at impro...

Father of CJD victim to give keynote speech News

29th April, 2010

A bereaved father who has become a catalyst in health research since the death of his younger son from a rare and devastating brain disease will speak in Tayside this week.Lester Firkins will address a conference in Crieff on Tuesday and will speak at a seminar at Ninewells Hospital on Wednesday, advocating that patients and clinicians should have more say in the type of work that medical research...

New Scottish guidance launched to help dentists and families prevent and manage dental decay in children News

28th April, 2010

New guidance for the dental profession in Scotland is launched today by the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP). ‘Prevention and Management of Dental Caries in Children’, provides clear and consistent advice to support the dental team to improve children’s experience of dental care and children’s oral health.Chairman of the SDCEP 'Prevention and Managem...

Scottish scientist named as the world\'s most quoted biochemist News

21st April, 2010

A University of Dundee scientist has been named as the world’s most quoted biochemist over the past 10 years in a survey that also identifies a colleague as among the top 20 in the field globally.The research papers published by Sir Philip Cohen, Director of the Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation Unit and of the SCottish Institute for ceLL Signalling (SCILLS) at Dundee, were me...

Drug breakthrough in fight against neglected diseases News

21st April, 2010

Scientists from the Drug Discovery Unit (DDU) at the University of Dundee - working together with partners at the University of York and the Structural Genomics Consortium in Toronto - have made a major breakthrough in identifying new treatments for a fatal disease which infects tens of thousands of Africans each year.Their findings, published in the latest edition of the world’s leading sci...

Tayside Academic Health Sciences Centre website launches News

7th April, 2010

A state-of-the-art website (www.tahsc.org.uk) creating a single research portal for all clinical research activities within Tayside is being launched today (Wednesday, 7th April). Launched earlier this year, the University of Dundee and NHS Tayside have formed a new collaborative venture - the Tayside Academic Health Sciences Centre (TAHSC) - to boost clinical research activity in the region. More...

Media memories help people with dementia to unlock the past News

25th March, 2010

People with dementia are to be given help to unlock their memories, thanks to academic research by teams at the Universities of St Andrews and Dundee.A programme of scientific research involving more than 100 people with dementia, as well as their families and care staff, was conducted to ascertain exactly what stimulates their long-term memories.Dr Arlene Astell, Senior Lecturer at the University...

2million euro grant to investigate new treatments for skin cancer and genetic diseases News

25th March, 2010

A major research project at the University of Dundee to investigate new treatments for skin cancer and other skin diseases has attracted a grant of €2 million from the European Research Council.The grant has been awarded to Professor Irene Leigh who is an internationally renowned expert in skin biology and disease. Professor Leigh is also Head of the College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing...