9 Aug 2019

Tuberculosis epidemic causes lasting damage to lungs

New research from the School of Medicine has revealed that the worldwide tuberculosis (TB) epidemic is leaving a legacy of chronic lung disease. Scientists from the School, in partnership with the Respiratory Research Network of India, have reported results from a study of more than 2000 Indian patients with evidence of permanent lung damage. Researchers have found that more than 1/3 of patients who are successfully cured of TB with antibiotics developed permanent lung damage which, in the worst cases, results in large holes in the lungs called cavities and widening of the airways called bronchiectasis. TB...

Tuberculosis epidemic causes lasting damage to lungs

26 Jul 2019

£2.1million grant to combat antimicrobial resistance

Researchers at the University of Dundee have been awarded £2.1million in funding to expand their work in the global battle against antimicrobial resistance, one of the major health problems facing the world in the 21st century. Antimicrobial resistance means existing treatments for some infections no longer work, creating an urgent need for new approaches to prevention and treatment. The funding award from the UK Government Department of Health and Social Care is to a team led by Dr Charis Marwick in the University’s School of Medicine, working with colleagues in the School of Life Science...

£2.1million grant to combat antimicrobial resistance

9 Jul 2019

Inhaling antibiotics improves chest infection symptoms

New research has identified that some patients with lung diseases could benefit from inhaling antibiotics directly into the lungs. The method, that uses a nebulizer to introduce antibiotics directly into the lungs, avoids many of the side effects of oral or injection medications. Scientists at the University of Dundee studied 440 patients with bronchiectasis, a chronic lung disease, who were randomly assigned to receive an antibiotic called aztreonam or a placebo for three months. By analysing the quantity of bacteria in the lungs, scientists were able to show that a group of lung disease patients who carr...

Inhaling antibiotics improves chest infection symptoms

9 Jul 2019

Distinguished scientific achievement award for Professor Roland Wolf

Professor Roland Wolf has been awarded a major international prize recognising his outstanding research impact for over forty years. Professor Wolf will receive the R.T. Williams Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award from the International Society for the Study of Xenobiotics (ISSX) at their meeting in Portland, Oregon, at the end of July. The prize has been awarded in recognition of Professor Wolf’s record of substantial and seminal scientific contributions to the field of drug metabolism and toxicology over a sustained period. Professor Wolf said, “I am delighted and honoured to be the r...

Distinguished scientific achievement award for Professor Roland Wolf

24 Jun 2019

Intelligent testing could save lives by defusing time bomb of liver disease

A new way of detecting liver disease decades before it can become fatal has been developed by a team of scientists at the University of Dundee and NHS Tayside. It comes as clinicians warn of a 'ticking time bomb' of alcohol-related and obesity-related liver diseases. Liver disease, which is notoriously asymptomatic, has become the second most common cause of death in under 65 year-olds in the UK. Unlike other common causes of death which have begun to decline in recent years, the age-standardised mortality rates for liver disease have risen by nearly 600% since the 1970s. Liver function is routinely invest...

Intelligent testing could save lives by defusing time bomb of liver disease