Managing Antibiotic Resistance returns after early success

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: Managing Antibiotic Resistance MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) will be launched on Monday 8th February. This is the second time the course has run – last year nearly 1500 people from countries as varied as Su...

€2million to investigate DNA damage and repair

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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. The funding will create four new research posts at the University’s Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit (MRC-PPU). Dr Walden and her team will look to discover how to repa...

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

Scotland’s leading experts on cancer will are gathering on World Cancer Day today (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 annual World Cancer Day conference takes place in the Merchants’ Hall in Edinburgh with the theme of `We Can, I Can’. “The theme this year is ‘We Can, I Can’, designed t...

Commission to discover University’s widening access successes

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The University of Dundee will this week welcome a high-level delegation keen to hear about its sector-leading work in widening access to higher education. The Commission on Widening Access (CoWA), a group set up by the Scottish Government to help realise its ambition that children from the most deprived communities should have the same chance of going to university as those born in the least deprived, will visit Dundee on Wednesday, 3rd February. Staff and students will meet with Commissioners and deliver presentations outlining the University’s innovative and pioneering approach to widening access t...

Dundee-China collaboration discovers potential ‘Achilles heel’ of potato blight

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Scientists working in Scotland and China have uncovered a potential Achilles’ heel in the organism which causes potato blight, a global problem with associated costs estimated at $6billion around the world every year. Blight was the cause of the infamous Irish potato famine in the nineteenth century and remains a huge problem around the world, particularly as more countries turn to potato as a major staple crop and ramp up production. China is now the world’s major producer of potatoes. Scientists at the University of Dundee and James Hutton Institute in Scotland have been working with colleagu...