4 Aug 2014

Tayside and fife volunteers wanted for falls study

A University of Dundee study looking to develop a fresh approach to reducing falls among people in old age is seeking volunteers in Tayside and Fife. The PREFACE study (Preventing Falls with ACE inhibitors) is looking at whether a group of commonly prescribed drugs known as ACE inhibitors, which are used for heart problems, may also improve muscles and balance and thus help reduce susceptibility to falls. “One-in-three older people fall at least once each year. Falls are worrying for older people and their families and can have serious consequences like injuries, fractures, disability, and loss of co...

1 Aug 2014

Know Sugar Shop: Dundee’s world first on how to live a low-sugar lifestyle

Dundee’s Wellgate Shopping Centre is to host the first pop-up shop focused on raising awareness of Scotland’s ticking health time bomb. For two days - 8th and 9th August - the Know Sugar Shop will open to test an idea that has the potential to change our nation’s relationship with sugar. The prototype will challenge Scotland’s collective sweetie tooth and highlight the amount of hidden ‘bad’ sugars we consume every day. Often cast by its own mainstream media as the modern ‘sick man of Europe’, Scotland is a nation hooked on its love of sugar, with around 220,...

1 Aug 2014

Old Steeple provides birds eye view of buildings set to open doors

The organisers of one of Dundee’s biggest annual community celebrations will next week climb to the top of one of Dundee’s best-known landmarks for a panoramic view of the dozens of building set to open their doors to the public in September. Doors Open Days 2014 takes place on the weekend of 13th and 14th September. Hundreds of people will be allowed access all areas at a record 40 buildings not normally open to the public as well as taking part in events, tours and talks for all ages. Initiative partners will meet at the Old Steeple in Nethergate on Monday, 4th August for the official launch ...

1 Aug 2014

Scientific and cultural heritage heralded at conference

Dundee’s scientific and cultural contribution will be invoked at a major international conference held in the city this month. From Monday 11th to Friday, 15th August, the Scottish Word and Image Group (SWIG) at the University of Dundee will be hosting the Triennial Conference of the International Association of Word and Image Studies (IAWIS/AIERTI). Dundee will be the first UK destination for the Triennial, following previous conferences in Montreal, Philadelphia, Paris, Amsterdam, Hamburg and Zürich. This year’s theme is ‘Riddles of Form: Exploration and Discovery in Word and Image...