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...

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...

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...

19 Jun 2019

Dundee placed in world’s top 100 for research quality

The University of Dundee is one of the world’s top 100 universities for research quality, according to a major survey released today (June 19). The Nature Index 2019 tracks contributions to research articles published in 82 high-quality natural science journals, chosen by an independent group of researchers. For the first time, the Nature Index has produced a normalised ranking which takes an institution’s size into account when calculating the output of high-quality research. In this table Dundee ranks 84th in the world. Professor Andrew Atherton, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the Univ...