15 Nov 2019

Tray after tray of tablet raises £85,000 for breast cancer research

Mix 9,500kg of sugar, 3,772kg of condensed milk, 4,750 litres of milk and 4,750 teaspoons of vanilla essence, cook for 17 years, and raise £85,000 for breast cancer research. That is the recipe for success that Fiona Edwards has been using since 2003 when she first began selling her homemade tablet to help support researchers at the University of Dundee. In 2019, Fiona generated another £9,500, bringing the total she has raised to more than £85,000. Fiona estimates that she has baked almost 10,000 trays of tablet since she began her fundraising efforts, meaning that somewhere around 175,0...

Tray after tray of tablet raises £85,000 for breast cancer research

15 Nov 2019

Vaping less harmful than e-cigarettes, major study finds

Cigarette smokers who switch to nicotine-containing vaporisers could significantly improve their vascular health, a major School of Medicine study has concluded. A two-year trial found that smokers who switched to e-cigarettes demonstrated a significant improvement in their vascular health within four weeks, with women experiencing greater gains than men by switching. The study also found that participants who transitioned achieved greater improvement compared to those who continued to use both tobacco cigarettes and e-cigarettes. Named VESUVIUS, the British Heart Foundation-commissioned study is beli...

Vaping less harmful than e-cigarettes, major study finds

16 Oct 2019

Dundee academic among BBC '100 Women 2019'

Dr Sarah Martins da Silva, of the University of Dundee's School of Medicine, has been named on BBC’s '100 Women 2019' list of inspiring and influential women from around the world. The BBC list asks 'What would the future look like if it were driven by women?' and features globally–recognised names such as climate change activist Greta Thunberg and footballer Megan Rapinoe among many others. Dr da Silva, who is Senior Lecturer in Reproductive Medicine, runs a translational research programme focused around male infertility, sperm biology and drug discovery. She said, “I hope that we can h...

Dundee academic among BBC '100 Women 2019'

15 Oct 2019

Blood test raises hopes of tackling ‘silent killer’

It is the ‘silent killer’ that claimed the life of Albert Einstein and affects 1% of men over the age of 65, but researchers at the School of Medicine believe they may be able to reduce the number of fatalities caused by abdominal aortic aneurysms. Aneurysms are the swelling and weakening of the arterial wall. Aortic aneurysms occur in the aorta, which delivers blood from the heart to organs. Aneurysms are often called a silent killer, because patients can display no symptoms until the aneurysm bursts. Around 80% of all patients with a ruptured aneurysm die from the condition. A team from the S...

Blood test raises hopes of tackling ‘silent killer’

21 Aug 2019

Lung bacteria “feign pregnancy” to avoid detection

Disease-causing bacteria in the lung evade the body’s immune system by pretending the lungs are pregnant, according to University of Dundee research presented today at the European Respiratory Society Congress in Madrid. A new study, funded by the British Lung Foundation and the Scottish Government’s Chief Scientist Office, has revealed that people with two common lung diseases – COPD and bronchiectasis – produce Pregnancy Zone Protein (PZP) in their lungs when they have a chest infection. Both men and women can produce small amounts of PZP, but it is produced at much higher concent...

Lung bacteria “feign pregnancy” to avoid detection