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

28 Jan 2020

Stopping sperm in its tracks - latest progress in the hunt for a male contraceptive

Researchers at the University of Dundee have developed an unrivalled, fully automated robotic screening system which allows them to rapidly test the effect of drugs and other chemicals on human sperm. The research team at Dundee, led by Professor Chris Barratt and Dr Paul Andrews, are working towards finding a safe and effective male contraceptive. Results of their latest study, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, are published in the journal eLife (https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.51739). One of the most critical functions for sperm is to move to the site of fertilisation and this paper report...

Stopping sperm in its tracks - latest progress in the hunt for a male contraceptive

27 Jan 2020

Agreement sees Dundee’s diabetes expertise exported to Afghanistan

The University of Dundee has signed an agreement that will see it work to improve outcomes for diabetes patients in Afghanistan while training local researchers to carry out future studies into the disease. Dundee’s Global Health Research Unit will collaborate with the Moraa Educational Complex (MEC) to investigate the incidence of diabetes in patients attending the outpatient department of the Kabul hospital with the aim of offering sustainable solutions for individuals with the disease. The new collaboration marks an expansion for INSPIRED, a £7 million Dundee-led project that seeks to improv...

Agreement sees Dundee’s diabetes expertise exported to Afghanistan

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