29 Apr 2020

Sports stars’ injury aid makes “no difference”

It has been adopted by the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Tiger Woods and Andy Murray as a colourful way to help them play through pain, but research from the University of Dundee has found kinesiology tape to be ineffective at protecting athletes' ankles. A study conducted by the University’s Institute of Motion Analysis and Research (IMAR) found that the colourful tape failed to support ankles and help prevent injuries such as sprains. The findings, published in the journal BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Science, suggest that kinesiology tape has no effect on ank...

2 Apr 2020

School expert hails COVID-19 cancer patient database

A UK-wide database of cancer patients affected by coronavirus will help to save lives, a University of Dundee expert has said. Russell Petty, Professor of Medical Oncology at the University’s School of Medicine, says that the UK Cancer Coronavirus Monitoring Network will allow healthcare experts to identify effective treatments for cancer patients impacted by the pandemic. Dundee has been one of the first UK cancer centres to join the network, which will feed anonymised information on patient care into a database accessible to medical experts across the country. While cancer patients are at in...

School expert hails COVID-19 cancer patient database

25 Mar 2020

Cell division discovery points to better understanding of cancer

Researchers at the School of Medicine have discovered a new function within cell division that could allow us to better understand cancer. During cell division, duplicated DNA must be split equally between two identical 'daughter’ cells. If this does not occur correctly, then health problems such as cancer can arise. The division process relies on a major class of enzymes known as kinases, which work by modifying other proteins to switch them on and off by adding a chemical group called a phosphate. The main kinase that controls cell division is Cyclin B-CDK1. A team of researchers, led by Dr ...

Cell division discovery points to better understanding of cancer

18 Mar 2020

Task force to tackle male reproductive crisis

A School of Medicine expert will head up a new international task force to tackle the growing global crisis in male reproductive health. Professor Christopher Barratt is leading the Male Reproductive Health Initiative (MRHI), which will bring together scientists, clinicians, social scientists and policymakers to develop a coherent strategy for those working in the field globally. A dramatic decline in sperm counts have been recorded in western nations in recent decades while almost all countries have registered an increase in testicular cancer and urogenital disorders in the same time. Aside from th...

Task force to tackle male reproductive crisis

3 Mar 2020

RSE honour for Dundee academics

Four University of Dundee academics - two from the School of Medicine and two from the School of Life Sciences - who are helping transform lives with their work on major diseases and neglected tropical diseases have been elected Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE). The RSE is Scotland’s national academy, focused on delivering its mission of 'knowledge made useful'. Fellows are elected in recognition of their impact in improving the world around them. The new Fellows from the University of Dundee are: Professor Annie Anderson, Professor of Public Health Nutrition, School of Medic...

RSE honour for Dundee academics