24 May 2019

Dundee scientists trial “pregnancy test” for chest infection

A new test which could detect a person’s risk of getting a chest infection within minutes has been trialled by scientists at the University of Dundee. The neutrophil elastase airway test stik (NEATstik) detects the presence of an enzyme called neutrophil elastase, which is found in the phlegm produced by coughing. During the body’s natural response to infection, neutrophil elastase is used to attack bacteria which cause chest infections. More neutrophil elastase is produced when people have a chest infection and it can therefore be used to detect the presence of one. The NEATstik test works by ...

Dundee scientists trial “pregnancy test” for chest infection

24 May 2019

AI offers insight in battle against heart failure

Retinal scans studied by advanced artificial intelligence could warn people living with diabetes if they are at risk of heart failure. The University of Dundee will spearhead CARDIATEAM, a £12 million initiative that aims to develop an early warning system with the potential to save thousands of lives every year. The pan-European project will be led by Dundee researchers, with retinal photographs examined meticulously by state-of-the-art software in a bid to pinpoint potential health issues. People living with diabetes are particularly susceptible to heart failure and Professor Chim Lang, t...

AI offers insight in battle against heart failure

16 May 2019

Dundee’s scientific impact among best in the world

The University of Dundee has been rated among the world’s best universities in terms of the impact of its scientific research in the 2019 CWTS Leiden Rankings. The Leiden rankings are based on research publications data and offer important insights into the scientific performance of nearly 1000 major universities worldwide. They place Dundee at 15th in the world for the highest proportion of highly cited publications. This is based on the proportion of citations in the most cited 1% of articles across all disciplines.  According to the ranking, Dundee is just behind Oxford (11th) and Cambri...

Dundee’s scientific impact among best in the world

16 May 2019

#MadeAtUni 'Nation's Lifesavers' - Professor Bob Steele

When working as a senior NHS registrar in the late 1980s Professor Bob Steele was struck by how many of the patients with bowel cancer died. Then he moved to Nottingham, where trials of bowel cancer screening were happening. “Most of the patients with colorectal cancer I had seen before had quite advanced disease and there sadly wasn’t much we could do for them. When I moved to Nottingham where trials of bowel cancer screening were happening I found most of my patients had early disease and were curable by surgery. That was a really motivating factor to see the effect of a public health interve...

#MadeAtUni 'Nation's Lifesavers' - Professor Bob Steele

9 May 2019

Surgical training first for rural doctors

Medics from the University of Dundee will next week embark on a road trip that will see them teach surgical skills to doctors in the most remote part of Scotland for the first time. The team from Dundee Institute for Healthcare Simulation (DIHS) will be working from NHS Education for Scotland’s Mobile Skills Unit which provides simulation-based training for all kinds of NHS staff across the country. DIHS will be delivering surgical courses to GPs in Shetland on 16 and 17 May. This is the first time that surgical techniques will be taught from the Mobile Skills Unit, which has primarily been used to t...

Surgical training first for rural doctors