19 Sep 2018

Future of medical training launched in Dundee

Surgical robots, virtual reality headsets and interactive anatomy stations are among the hi-tech innovations that feature in a new medical education training centre developed by the University of Dundee, NHS Tayside and industry partners Medtronic. The Dundee Institute for Healthcare Simulation (DIHS) has now officially launched at the University’s School of Medicine, Ninewells Hospital. Refurbished at a cost of £250,000, DIHS doubles training capacity and brings together the University’s Clinical Skills and Surgical Skills centres to form the first single-site facility in Scotland offeri...

18 Sep 2018

State-of-the-art scanner launched at Clinical Research Imaging Facility

A new CT scanner which could improve the chances of detecting life-threatening diseases earlier has been unveiled at the School of Medicine.  The new scanner, which has the ability to perform several thousand scans per year, will be used to carry out ground-breaking research taking place in the University’s Clinical Research Imaging Facility.  The machine, which can detect strokes, cancers and injuries to internal organs, will also help NHS staff diagnose thousands of patients from across Tayside.  The scanner will join an array of advanced imaging machinery at the Clinical Resear...

10 Sep 2018

Study links widely-used drug azathioprine to skin cancers

A drug used to treat inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis and vasculitis as well as to prevent organ rejection in transplant patients has been identified as an important contributor to skin cancer development, in a research study carried out at the University of Dundee, Queen Mary University of London and the Wellcome Sanger Institute. The research, published in Nature Communications, identified a `strong case for an association’ between the drug azathioprine and the mutational signature found in cases of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC), a common form of skin cancer. It was already known th...

Study links widely-used drug azathioprine to skin cancers

6 Sep 2018

Removal of GP incentives associated with decline in quality of care

The removal of financial incentives for doctors working in primary care is associated with a decline in performance on quality measures, according to new findings by researchers from the Universities of Dundee and Cambridge, and staff from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Researchers said the decline in performance measures may be partly accounted for by changes to documentation after incentives were removed. But they added that declines in measures involving laboratory testing suggested the removal of incentives had changed the actual care delivered to patients. Professor Bruc...

Removal of GP incentives associated with decline in quality of care

18 Jul 2018

Blood in stools may indicate range of chronic diseases

Faecal bleeding may be a marker of a range of chronic disease, including several cancers, previously thought to be unrelated, according to new research from the University of Dundee. The presence of blood in stools has long been associated with colorectal cancer. The new study, led by Professor Bob Steele of Dundee’s School of Medicine, has shown that patients who recorded a positive faecal occult blood test (FOBT) were much more likely to die not only from colorectal cancer but also a range of other diseases. Professor Steele and his team looked at data for 134,000 patients who have participated in ...

Blood in stools may indicate range of chronic diseases