13 Nov 2018

Concussion study calls for mandatory head protection in rugby

Rugby players can almost halve the force transferred to their head during an impact by wearing protective headgear, a study by the School of Medicine has revealed. A team from the Institute of Motion Analysis & Research (IMAR) has called for the wearing of headguards to become mandatory at all levels of the game after finding that some mainstream products mitigated impact levels on the head by up to 47%. The findings, published by the BMJ, found that even the least effective device tested could make a significant difference in preventing head injuries, such as concussion. Professor Rami ...

Concussion study calls for mandatory head protection in rugby

12 Nov 2018

Portable microwave tech used in treating most common type of precancerous skin lesion

A new method of using a Scottish company’s portable microwave technology to treat sun-damaged skin conditions is being tested by researchers at the University of Dundee. It is estimated that 1 in 3 people over 60 years old in the UK has at least one actinic keratosis (AK) lesion - the first appearance of a potential non-melanoma skin cancer. There is a small associated risk that the lesions could progress into a more dangerous form of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma. Patients who have actinic keratoses are also more at risk of all types of skin cancer compared to someone of the same a...

Portable microwave tech used in treating most common type of precancerous skin lesion

5 Oct 2018

School student earns recognition at national conference

A School of Medicine student has earned recognition for his research at a national conference. Aaron Tee was among the winners of the Emily Taylor Travel Fund award at the 27th Annual General Meeting of the Scottish Cardiac Society held in Peebles. The final-year medical student was awarded £200 for the best scientific oral presentation submitted by a medical student for his research project ‘Automated data capture from echocardiography reports to enhance heart failure population research’. The research project was led by Dr Douglas Elder, Dr Ify Mordi, Prof Chim Lang and the team at the ...

3 Oct 2018

Doctors of the future - Scotland’s first graduate entry medical course begins

A new graduate entry medical course with a focus on rural and GP medicine has begun in St Andrews and Dundee. ScotGEM is a Scottish Government-funded course open to students who have graduated with a degree other than medicine. Health Secretary Jeane Freeman was in St Andrews to meet some of the 55 students who have started work on the four year course, hosted by the medical schools at the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews in partnership with the University of the Highlands and Islands and NHS Scotland. Students are eligible to apply for an optional bursary of £4,000 per year in return for agreei...

21 Sep 2018

Diabetes drug could delay symptoms of Huntington’s disease

A drug used to treat type 2 diabetes may have therapeutic benefits for people experiencing the early symptoms of Huntington’s disease, researchers at the School of Medicine have discovered. Researchers at the School, working with colleagues in Germany, found that the drug metformin can help to restore brain activity before symptoms of the terminal illness become established. In research published in the journal eLife, the Dundee team found that the drug can help to regulate the Huntingtin protein, which in a mutated form can accumulate in the brain, leading to the onset of the Huntington's ...