25 Mar 2020

Cell division discovery points to better understanding of cancer

Researchers at the School of Medicine have discovered a new function within cell division that could allow us to better understand cancer. During cell division, duplicated DNA must be split equally between two identical 'daughter’ cells. If this does not occur correctly, then health problems such as cancer can arise. The division process relies on a major class of enzymes known as kinases, which work by modifying other proteins to switch them on and off by adding a chemical group called a phosphate. The main kinase that controls cell division is Cyclin B-CDK1. A team of researchers, led by Dr ...

Cell division discovery points to better understanding of cancer

18 Mar 2020

Task force to tackle male reproductive crisis

A School of Medicine expert will head up a new international task force to tackle the growing global crisis in male reproductive health. Professor Christopher Barratt is leading the Male Reproductive Health Initiative (MRHI), which will bring together scientists, clinicians, social scientists and policymakers to develop a coherent strategy for those working in the field globally. A dramatic decline in sperm counts have been recorded in western nations in recent decades while almost all countries have registered an increase in testicular cancer and urogenital disorders in the same time. Aside from th...

Task force to tackle male reproductive crisis

3 Mar 2020

RSE honour for Dundee academics

Four University of Dundee academics - two from the School of Medicine and two from the School of Life Sciences - who are helping transform lives with their work on major diseases and neglected tropical diseases have been elected Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE). The RSE is Scotland’s national academy, focused on delivering its mission of 'knowledge made useful'. Fellows are elected in recognition of their impact in improving the world around them. The new Fellows from the University of Dundee are: Professor Annie Anderson, Professor of Public Health Nutrition, School of Medic...

RSE honour for Dundee academics

20 Feb 2020

Biomedical Cluster could add hundreds of millions to economy

A project to grow the Tay Cities BioMedical cluster of world-class life sciences companies will generate hundreds of millions of pounds for the local economy and strengthen Scotland’s reputation as a centre of excellence, according to new economic analysis. The proposed Tay Cities Biomedical Cluster, led by the University of Dundee in partnership with NHS Tayside, has been earmarked for £25million in initial funding from the Scottish Government through the Tay Cities Deal. The project builds on Dundee’s world-renowned reputation for life sciences research, drug discovery and medical devic...

Biomedical Cluster could add hundreds of millions to economy

20 Feb 2020

Childhood eczema cannot be prevented by daily moisturiser use

Using moisturisers on newborn babies does not prevent eczema as previously thought, according to a major new study that was supported by experts from the School of Medicine. The Barrier Enhancement for Eczema Prevention study (BEEP), which is published today in The Lancet, was led by experts from the School of Medicine at the University of Nottingham and supported by the University of Dundee. Further input came from King’s College London and the Universities of Bristol, East Anglia, and Sheffield. Eczema is a very common skin problem affecting around one in five children in the UK. It usually st...

Childhood eczema cannot be prevented by daily moisturiser use