9 Jun 2020

Dundee top in the UK for Medicine

The University of Dundee has been ranked joint 1st for Medicine in the UK in the newly published Complete University Guide 2021 rankings. Dundee sits alongside Glasgow at the top of the Medicine rankings, and is also number one for Medical Technology. This caps a strong performance across our wider life and medical sciences with the University also in the UK top five for Dentistry (2nd), Forensic Science (2nd), Pharmacology & Pharmacy (2nd) and Biological Sciences (3rd). Professor Rory McCrimmon, Dean of the School of Medicine, said, “This is an excellent result that shows once again that Dunde...

8 May 2020

Projects to study key Covid-19 issues

Research initiatives at the University’s School of Life Sciences and School of Medicine will help identify those most vulnerable to severe symptoms of coronavirus and establish what happens to those recovering from the illness. The two projects have received money as part of a £5 million round of funding announced by the Scottish Government to further our understanding of Covid-19, screen potential treatments, and support clinical trials. Doreen Cantrell, Professor of Cellular Immunology at the School of Life Sciences, has been awarded £294,000 to help iden...

7 May 2020

New technology enables Covid-19 co-infection risk study

University of Dundee researchers are to test new diagnostic technologies they hope may help tackle the dual risks posed by Covid-19 and antimicrobial resistance. A team, led by James Chalmers, British Lung Foundation Professor of Respiratory Research at the University, has received £287,000 to develop ways to rapidly diagnose bacterial co-infection and antimicrobial resistance in Covid-19 patients. The project is funded by the Chief Scientist Office of the Scottish Government (CSO). The technologies that will be trialled include a portable diagnostic machine that plugs into a laptop through a ...

5 May 2020

Covid-19 data analysis shows return to pre-lockdown life will be difficult without a vaccine

An analysis of SARS-CoV-2 pandemic data from more than 70 countries, carried out by researchers at the University of Dundee, shows that a return to pre-lockdown levels of activity in society will be almost impossible without a vaccine. Activity may have to be limited to 10% of pre-lockdown levels if the virus is to be successfully contained while we await a vaccine. Researchers Dr Mike Lonergan and Professor James Chalmers, in the School of Medicine, said the data shows that unless a vaccine becomes rapidly available, discussions around exit strategy from current restrictions need to move on from optimis...

29 Apr 2020

Sports stars’ injury aid makes “no difference”

It has been adopted by the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Tiger Woods and Andy Murray as a colourful way to help them play through pain, but research from the University of Dundee has found kinesiology tape to be ineffective at protecting athletes' ankles. A study conducted by the University’s Institute of Motion Analysis and Research (IMAR) found that the colourful tape failed to support ankles and help prevent injuries such as sprains. The findings, published in the journal BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Science, suggest that kinesiology tape has no effect on ank...