19 Sep 2018

Surgical robots and virtual reality – the future of medical training

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) was officially launched at the University’s School of Medicine, Ninewells Hospital, today. 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 off...

Surgical robots and virtual reality – the future of medical training

19 Sep 2018

Strength-based exercises could help combat childhood obesity

Encouraging young people to do strength-based exercises – such as squats, push-ups and lunges – could play a key role in tackling child obesity, according to new research from the Universities of Edinburgh and Dundee. Taking part in exercises that cause muscles to contract, and strengthen muscles and bones, was found to reduce children’s body fat percentage. The findings also suggests an increase in muscle mass – gained from strength-based exercises – could help boost children’s metabolism and energy levels. The effects were small but meaningful, prompting calls for furt...

Strength-based exercises could help combat childhood obesity

18 Sep 2018

Event to GROW awareness of soil quality concerns

Dundee will become the frontline in the fight to save Europe’s soil this week as the city prepares to host a special seminar. The GROW Observatory, a University of Dundee-led project, is inviting members of the public to identify issues that could jeopardise the nation’s future food supply at an event to be hosted at the Baxter Park Centre on Thursday. The Europe-wide initiative is bringing people throughout Central Scotland together to highlight issues relating to land management, climate change and other environmental factors that are jeopardising the sustainability of the planet’s soil...

Event to GROW awareness of soil quality concerns

18 Sep 2018

Sustainability and renewal on the agenda for Dundee visit

The University of Dundee will this week welcome professionals who have contributed to some of Europe’s great urban renewal success stories to explore how medium-sized cities can become more environmentally, economically and culturally sustainable. The University is hosting an international seminar by the Academy of Urbanism (AoU) at West Park Centre on Thursday 20 September. ‘Contemporary Approaches to Sustainability in European Cities’ will bring almost 300 architects, planners, policy makers and other delegates from across Europe together to discuss the application of contemporary strat...

Sustainability and renewal on the agenda for Dundee visit

17 Sep 2018

Research reveals secrets of Shetland tsunamis

Shetland has been hit by at least two more tsunamis in the past 10,000 years than previously thought, and scientists are working to identify where the giant waves originated. Around 8,200 years ago, the Storegga submarine landslide off the coast of Norway caused a 20-metre high tsunami to sweep across Shetland. Sands found at various points across the isles, mainland Scotland and in Norway, the Faroe Isles and Greenland proved the tsunami’s towering height, and the event has been well-reported. Scientists funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) have identified sands on Shetland that...

Research reveals secrets of Shetland tsunamis