25 Mar 2019

Dundee expert to feature in CBBC documentary

A University of Dundee researcher will star in a new CBBC documentary tonight. Dr Paul O’Mahoney, a Postdoctoral Research Assistant from Dundee’s School of Medicine, will feature on ‘My Life: Into the Sun’. The programme shares the highs and lows of two young children, Alice Tyson from the UK and Thapelo Mothibe from South Africa, who both have the same rare skin disease. During the programme, the girls who are afflicted with Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP), a rare condition which means they are extremely sensitive to sunlight, travel to northern Norway to experience life ...

Dundee expert to feature in CBBC documentary

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...