9 Jun 2020

Covid-19 brings research switch for Ashley

When Ashley Giam left Singapore for the UK, she could not have imagined that the move would lead to her working on potential treatments for the deadliest pandemic the world has seen for a century. The prospect of a disease laying waste to hundreds of thousands of people and causing vast swathes of the Globe to be locked down in order to save millions more lives seemed remote to most in 2016. It was in that year that Ashley, then aged 20, came to the University of Dundee to study for a Biomedical Sciences degree. Ashley fell in love with research during her undergraduate degree, and the offer of...

Covid-19 brings research switch for Ashley

5 Jun 2020

National study into long-term Covid-19 impacts launched

The School of Medicine’s Professor James Chalmers is the Scottish lead of a major UK research study into the long-term health impacts of Covid-19 on hospitalised patients. The PHOSP-COVID study has been awarded £8.4 million jointly by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). It is one of a number of Covid-19 studies that have been given urgent public health research status by the Department of Health and Social Care. Led nationally by the NIHR Leicester Biomedical Research Centre, the PHOSP-COVID study will draw on expertise from a conso...

National study into long-term Covid-19 impacts launched

8 May 2020

Projects to study key Covid-19 issues

Research initiatives at the University’s School of Life Sciences and School of Medicine will help identify those most vulnerable to severe symptoms of coronavirus and establish what happens to those recovering from the illness. The two projects have received money as part of a £5 million round of funding announced by the Scottish Government to further our understanding of Covid-19, screen potential treatments, and support clinical trials. Doreen Cantrell, Professor of Cellular Immunology at the School of Life Sciences, has been awarded £294,000 to help iden...

7 May 2020

New technology enables Covid-19 co-infection risk study

University of Dundee researchers are to test new diagnostic technologies they hope may help tackle the dual risks posed by Covid-19 and antimicrobial resistance. A team, led by James Chalmers, British Lung Foundation Professor of Respiratory Research at the University, has received £287,000 to develop ways to rapidly diagnose bacterial co-infection and antimicrobial resistance in Covid-19 patients. The project is funded by the Chief Scientist Office of the Scottish Government (CSO). The technologies that will be trialled include a portable diagnostic machine that plugs into a laptop through a ...

5 May 2020

Covid-19 data analysis shows return to pre-lockdown life will be difficult without a vaccine

An analysis of SARS-CoV-2 pandemic data from more than 70 countries, carried out by researchers at the University of Dundee, shows that a return to pre-lockdown levels of activity in society will be almost impossible without a vaccine. Activity may have to be limited to 10% of pre-lockdown levels if the virus is to be successfully contained while we await a vaccine. Researchers Dr Mike Lonergan and Professor James Chalmers, in the School of Medicine, said the data shows that unless a vaccine becomes rapidly available, discussions around exit strategy from current restrictions need to move on from optimis...