22 Jun 2020

New consortium to monitor safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines

A new consortium to monitor the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines has been formed by the Medicines Monitoring Unit (MEMO Research), University of Dundee and the Drug Safety Research Unit (DSRU) in Southampton. Developers of vaccines are required to demonstrate quality, safety and efficacy for their products before members of the public start receiving them. Therefore it is necessary to conduct post marketing observational studies to monitor the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines to fill any gaps in knowledge obtained from premarketing clinical trials. It is important that thes...

New consortium to monitor safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines

16 Jun 2020

Clinical trial for potential Covid-19 treatment

The University of Dundee is leading the clinical trial of a new anti-inflammatory drug it is hoped may reduce instances of severe lung damage and death in Covid-19 patients. Researchers from the University’s School of Medicine will work with drug development company Evgen Pharma to test whether the drug, known as SFX-01, improves outcomes for Covid-19 patients. This study is being supported by a grant from the medical research charity LifeArc, as part of its activities to address the need for new Covid-19 therapies. Covid-19 causes the development of slowly worsening lung damage called ac...

Clinical trial for potential Covid-19 treatment

12 Jun 2020

Safe social distance may be less than previously thought

The current debate over safe social distancing may be based on a misunderstanding of studies examining infection risk, according to a University of Dundee statistician. Dr Mike Lonergan, senior statistician and epidemiologist at the University’s School of Medicine, believes that a recent study that showed the benefits of 2-metre guidelines for social distancing is flawed. The World Health Organization recently commissioned a meta-analysis of 25 papers from around the world examining the effects of separation distance on infection risk. Although the WHO had previously recommended that people stay...

Safe social distance may be less than previously thought

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...

9 Jun 2020

University launches Coronavirus Research Fundraising Campaign

As society slowly emerges from lockdown, the University continues to immediately respond to the significant challenges presented by Covid-19. Scientists in our Schools of Life Sciences and Medicine are leading on crucial research to understand the virus better, to help develop effective testing, to contribute to the global search for a vaccine and to improve outcomes for those affected locally. The University’s work in this area is recognised as excellent and has attracted funding from the Chief Scientist’s Office, the Wellcome Trust and the Bill & Melinda Gates Founda...

University launches Coronavirus Research Fundraising Campaign