All-woman shortlist for this year’s Dundee International Book Prize

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The final three novels in contention for this year’s Dundee International Book Prize have been announced. The Margins by Jessica Thummel, Shadow Jumping by Margaret Ries and London Clay by Amy Spencer will compete for the prestigious award, which includes a publishing deal with Freight Books, a £5000 cash prize and protected writing time in Dundee. Jessica, Margaret and Amy’s novels will now go before this year’s judging panel, which consists of broadcaster Shereen Nanjiani, poet Ian McMillan, critic Hannah McGill and publisher Adrian Searle The winner will be an...

Researchers call for transparent ethic committees

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Poor regulation of research can cause direct harm to patients, suggests a new research study led by the University of Dundee. The international study led by Dr Jonathan Mendel from the University has called for greater transparency in ethics committee processes. The report, which saw input from researchers across the UK and Australia, has been published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Investigating the process of ethical approval and the information given to patients with rheumatoid arthritis in clinical trials, the study suggests that by making documentation freely available, it will allow ethi...

Hong Kong party to learn about FANS

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The University of Dundee will tomorrow receive a delegation from Hong Kong visiting Scotland to learn about a clinical service that aims to cut the number of young people dying from inherited cardiac conditions. The Familial Arrhythmia Network Service of Scotland (FANS) will welcome Professor David Siu and Dr Jo Jo Hai from the cardiology Department of the University of Hong Kong to the University’s School of Medicine, based at Ninewells Hospital on Wednesday, 28th September. They will also be visiting regional FANS centres throughout Scotland throughout the week. The objective of their visit is...

‘Silent Signal’ – a new exhibition to open at LifeSpace

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An exhibition that combines animation with science will go on display at the University of Dundee this week. ‘Silent Signal’ will open at LifeSpace Science Art Research Gallery at the School of Life Sciences on Thursday, 29th September and will feature six experimental animations that explore new ways of thinking about the human body. Commissioned by the arts organisation Animate Projects with support from The Wellcome Trust and the Garfield Weston Foundation, the animations include exploration of how the immune system functions, how disease is spread and how our genetic code can be manipulated...

Research reveals genetic mutations driving skin cancer

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A research collaboration led by the University of Dundee and the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute has uncovered a common underlying cause in many cases of one of the most widespread forms of skin cancer. The rate of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC), a potentially devastating form of the disease, is rapidly rising and has more than doubled in Scotland over the last 20 years. Despite this growing problem, there is relatively little concrete understanding as to what drives these cancers to form. In order to gain a fuller picture of the processes driving cSCC, the multidisciplinary research team ex...