22 Mar 2019

Could heart drug help lung disease patients?

Drugs traditionally used to treat blood pressure and heart disease are to be given to lung disease patients to see if they can be beneficial, in a trial involving the Universities of Aberdeen and Dundee. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a long term lung disease due to smoking that slowly gets worse and affects 1.2 million people in the UK. It is the fifth leading cause of death in the UK, resulting in 30,000 fatalities a year. The condition causes narrowing of the airways, which in turn causes breathing problems, and often a persistent cough and chest infections. There is no cure for COPD - ...

Could heart drug help lung disease patients?

13 Feb 2019

School researchers make important cell division discovery

Researchers from the School of Medicine have provided important new insights into the regulation of cell division, which may ultimately lead to a better understanding of cancer progression. Cell division, also known as mitosis, is the process by which a parent cell divides into two daughter cells containing the same DNA content. If this process goes wrong, and the DNA is not partitioned equally, then diseases such as cancer can arise. To safeguard against these errors, the cell uses two classes of enzymes, known as kinases and phosphatases, to monitor division and switch signals on and off at certain times...

8 Feb 2019

Honorary lecturer gets Government backing for diabetes innovation

Dr Deborah Wake, Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Dundee, is one of nine women to have been awarded £50,000 to develop and grow their business as part of Innovate UK’s Women in Innovation competition. The awards, which were announced on International Women’s Day by Business Secretary Greg Clark, follow a search for female innovators who are tackling some of the biggest challenges facing society as set out in the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy. Dr Wake developed My Diabetes My Way, an app that uses medical records and home-recorded data to provide diabetes ...

14 Jan 2019

Diabetes research boost for researchers in Life Sciences and Medicine

Researchers from the Schools of Life Sciences and Medicine have been awarded a £275,000 grant from Diabetes UK. This inter-divisional and cross-School funding has been awarded to Professor Hari Hundal (School of Life Sciences), Dr Ian Ganley (School of Life Sciences) and Professor Rory McCrimmon (School of Medicine).  The grant will support research exploring how the complement system, a central component of innate immunity, might regulate metabolic signalling and energy balance in skeletal muscle – a tissue that plays a major role in whole body glucose and lipid handling.  Speci...

14 Jan 2019

Britain's highest mountain no match for charity 'tower of tablet'

If the UK’s tallest building was built on top of its tallest mountain then the resulting structure would still be dwarfed by a ‘tower of tablet’ that has raised more than £75,000 for breast cancer research at the University of Dundee. Fiona Edwards has been selling her homemade tablet at running events and through friends and family around Tayside and Fife since 2003 to support researchers at the University. In 2018, she raised over £7,400, bringing her total to £75,490. Fiona handed over a cheque for the money raised last year at the Clinical Research Centre, Ninewells ...