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 ...

19 Sep 2018

Future of medical training launched in Dundee

Surgical robots, virtual reality headsets and interactive anatomy stations are among the hi-tech innovations that feature in a new medical education training centre developed by the University of Dundee, NHS Tayside and industry partners Medtronic. The Dundee Institute for Healthcare Simulation (DIHS) has now officially launched at the University’s School of Medicine, Ninewells Hospital. Refurbished at a cost of £250,000, DIHS doubles training capacity and brings together the University’s Clinical Skills and Surgical Skills centres to form the first single-site facility in Scotland offeri...

18 Sep 2018

State-of-the-art scanner launched at Clinical Research Imaging Facility

A new CT scanner which could improve the chances of detecting life-threatening diseases earlier has been unveiled at the School of Medicine.  The new scanner, which has the ability to perform several thousand scans per year, will be used to carry out ground-breaking research taking place in the University’s Clinical Research Imaging Facility.  The machine, which can detect strokes, cancers and injuries to internal organs, will also help NHS staff diagnose thousands of patients from across Tayside. The scanner will join an array of advanced imaging machinery at the Clinical Research Ima...