23 Apr 2018

Seeing prostate cancer in a new light

A new method offering more successful diagnosis and management of prostate cancer has been identified by researchers at the University of Dundee. They say an ultrasound process called shear wave elastography (SWE) has been shown to offer much greater accuracy and reliability in diagnosis of prostate cancer, while being a non-invasive and cheaper method than those currently used. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, with over 47,000 new cases diagnosed every year. Recent high-profile cases include the University’s former Rector Stephen Fry. In the UK, 1 in 8 men will get prostat...

Seeing prostate cancer in a new light

19 Apr 2018

Targeting enzyme may tip cancer ‘over the edge’

Researchers from the University of Dundee have identified an enzyme critical for cell division that could potentially be targeted to tip tumours ‘over the edge’ into remission. A team led by Professor Paul Clarke and Dr Adrian Saurin, from the University’s School of Medicine, discovered that the enzyme USP9X controls the proper timing of cell division, the process that makes new cells during the growth and repair of tissues. When a cell divides it faces the difficult task of separating its duplicated DNA perfectly into two new daughter cells that are genetically identica...

Targeting enzyme may tip cancer ‘over the edge’

17 Apr 2018

Fifth-year students Amir and Neil land out-of-this-world elective experience

Two of the School's fifth-year students are now considering careers in space medicine after trying their hand at an extra-terrestrial elective with the European Space Agency (ESA). Fifth-year medical students Amir Fathi and Neil Tan sampled space food, helped plan future space exploration projects and had one-on-one meetings with experts including British astronaut Tim Peake during their eight weeks with the ESA at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany. Amir, from London, said, “Speaking with Tim Peake about his time on the International Space Station was a real privilege and has further ...

Fifth-year students Amir and Neil land out-of-this-world elective experience

13 Apr 2018

FaME Awards 2018 winners celebrated at ceremony

The 2018 Faculty of Medical Educators (FaME) Awards took place this month and recognised the excellence in teaching from across the School of Medicine. The Awards took place at the School's Gannochy Lecture Theatre, with lecturers, medical students, societies and support staff honoured for their hard work. The list of winners and runners-up comprises: Society Winner – Teddy Bear Hospital Runners-up – DECCS; WEMS Innovation Winner – Lawrence Adams Runner-up – Gareth May Excellence in teaching Winner - Richard O’Parka Runner-up - Luke Reid 3rd Busi Mooka; Shihab Khogali ...

FaME Awards 2018 winners celebrated at ceremony

4 Apr 2018

Medicine student Karin to represent Scotland at the Commonwealth Games

A School of Medicine student is to head to the Gold Coast of Australia to represent Scotland in the Commonwealth Games alongside another University of Dundee student and two of our alumni. Karin Belch, who is currently in her final year of her MBChB degree will be heading out with the team as a travelling reserve, and isn’t the first of her family to go to the Commonwealth Games. “60 years ago my granny swam for Scotland,” Karin said. “She’s very excited to see me go off to the Games.” But that’s not the only family link to the Gold Coast this year, Karin says. ...

Medicine student Karin to represent Scotland at the Commonwealth Games