30 Apr 2019

School research published in JAMA Neurology

Research from the School of Medicine has shown that a commonly used class of antibiotics may increase a patient’s risk of suffering a serious and potentially permanent form of nerve damage by almost 50%. Peripheral neuropathy has long been recognised as a potential side effect of fluoroquinolone antibiotics but it was not known how strong this association was and how it could be affected by the length of treatment, or by age and gender. Researchers led by Dr Daniel Morales, of the University’s School of Medicine, looked at a database of 1.3 million adults issued one or more prescriptions of flu...

School research published in JAMA Neurology

29 Apr 2019

PICTURES study to create new platform to help tackle major health issues

A £4.4 million project led by the University of Dundee aims to turn a database of millions of clinical images into a powerful research tool to help tackle health conditions including lung cancer and dementia. Each year millions of clinical images such as X-rays, CT, MRI, ultrasound, nuclear medicine and retinal images are generated in the NHS in Scotland and stored in the national imaging database. While such images contain important clinical information they also contain a great deal of potential information about the health of the individual which is currently not made use of in health care. The PI...

PICTURES study to create new platform to help tackle major health issues

18 Apr 2019

Dundee students set to scrum in national rugby final

University of Dundee rugby players will swap the lecture hall for the lineout next week they take on Aberdeenshire RFC in the Men’s Rugby National Bowl Final. The Dundee Uni Medics (DUMS) Rugby team, who will take to the pitch at Murrayfield in front of thousands of rugby fans on Saturday 27 April, said getting to the final is a dream come true for the self-coached Dundee students. Fullback Mark Smith, President of DUMS Rugby team, said, “To get to a National Final at Murrayfield is huge for a small club like ourselves, especially since we only joined the regional leagues in 2013.  “...

Dundee students set to scrum in national rugby final

17 Apr 2019

Diabetic drug shown to reduce the risk of heart disease in non-diabetic patients

The commonly used diabetes drug metformin could reverse the harmful thickening of heart muscle that leads to cardiovascular disease, according to a study at the University of Dundee. Scientists, led by Professor Chim Lang, Head of the Division of Molecular and Clinical Medicine at Dundee, discovered that metformin has the potential to be repurposed as a heart disease treatment in non-diabetic patients. The MET-REMODEL Trial, published today in the prestigious European Heart Journal, showed that metformin, used to treat type 2 diabetes safely for the last six decades, reduced left ventricular hypertrop...

Diabetic drug shown to reduce the risk of heart disease in non-diabetic patients

15 Apr 2019

High hopes for hockey captain Orla

A University of Dundee medical student from Lurgan has made it into the Scottish Student Sport national team this week ahead of the Home Nations Tournament taking place in Glasgow on Tuesday. Orla Thompson is the only Dundee student to join the squad and says that the Scottish side looks sure to stick it to the England and Wales as students across the UK face off in the Home Nations Tournament 2019.  She said, “We have an absolutely great team this year and I feel lucky to be chosen. Although we’ve only had two training sessions because of the snow, I think we can at least p...

High hopes for hockey captain Orla