Announcements

Pharmacist’s prescription for excellence News

10th February, 2016

A Perthshire pharmacist has won a national award for his focus on patient needs and work in community projects. Andrew Watson of Davidson’s Chemist in Bridge of Earn picked up the Pharmacist of the Year (Independent) award at the Scottish Pharmacy Awards. The judges were particularly impressed by Andrew’s commitment to person-centred pharmaceutical care, focusing on the needs of indi...

Managing Antibiotic Resistance returns after early success News

10th February, 2016

According to the World Health Organisation, antimicrobial-resistant infections currently claim at least 50,000 lives each year across Europe and the US alone. Tackling this growing health problem requires education of healthcare professionals on a global scale, which is why the University of Dundee has launched a course which can be studied anywhere in the world. The Antimicrobial Stewardship: M...

NHS Tayside supports national campaign to tackle child sexual exploitation News

5th February, 2016

NHS Tayside is supporting the first TV campaign in the UK to tackle child sexual exploitation (CSE). The campaign comes as new research shows 93% of parents have heard of child sexual exploitation but almost a third (29%) know little about it and over a third (36%) believe it won’t affect their family. In 2014/15 ChildLine in Scotland provided 635 counselling sessions to children and young...

€2 million to investigate DNA damage and repair News

5th February, 2016

A University of Dundee researcher has been awarded a prestigious €2million grant to investigate how DNA becomes damaged, leading to ageing and disease. Dr Helen Walden, of the University’s School of Life Sciences, has been awarded the European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant. The highly competitive awards are given to the best and most creative researchers working in Europe....

`We can, I can’ – Scottish Cancer Prevention Network on World Cancer Day News

5th February, 2016

Scotland’s leading experts on cancer gathered on World Cancer Day (February 4th) to outline how everyone, from governments and health authorities to individuals, can take action against the disease. Experts say around one-third of the most common cancers in the UK could be prevented by changes in diet, physical activity and body weight. The Scottish Cancer Prevention Network’s fifth...

Dundee scientists find DNA “molecular scissors” are vital in preventing cancers News

2nd February, 2016

Scientists at the University of Dundee have discovered that “molecular scissors” that repair damaged and abnormal DNA are critical for keeping cancers at bay. The laboratory of Professor John Rouse at the University’s Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitlation Unit (MRC-PPU) first discovered that a protein called FAN1 was important for cutting and repairi...

Identifying Another Piece in the Parkinson's Disease Pathology Puzzle News

2nd February, 2016

An international public-private consortium of researchers brought together by the University of Dundee and led by The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research has identified and validated for the first time the cellular role of a primary Parkinson’s disease drug target. In work published in eLife, the team comprising investigators from the University of Dundee, Max Planck In...

Mark Beaumont declared Rector of the University of Dundee News

27th January, 2016

Mark Beaumont, the man who cycled the world and has completed a host of long-distance adventures, has been named the new Rector of the University of Dundee. Mark, who attended school in Dundee, assumes the role of Rector with immediate effect. He was elected unopposed and succeeds the actor Brian Cox, who was elected to the position in 2010 and has served two terms. “I am absolutely thrill...

£1.3million funding for Dundee research into the cellular division errors that drive cancer News

25th January, 2016

The University of Dundee’s Dr Adrian Saurin has been awarded £1.3million to explore how the body’s cells replicate themselves correctly and why this goes wrong in cancer. Dr Saurin, of the University’s School of Medicine, has received the funding from Cancer Research UK to carry out fundamental research into the mechanism of cellular division. Four new posts will be create...

Medical school access `dominated by most affluent’, says new study News

25th January, 2016

Access to medical school across the UK is still dominated by students from more affluent parts of society, a new study led by the University of Dundee has shown. The study has revealed considerable variation between the four UK nations and between different medical schools. Researchers from the Universities of Dundee and Central Lancashire analysed application data for 22 medical schools and aro...