16 May 2019

Comic to raise awareness of coeliac disease

The University of Dundee’s renowned comics artists and writers have produced a new publication raising awareness of the serious and much misunderstood autoimmune condition coeliac disease. ‘Understanding Coeliac Disease’ will be launched on Thursday 16 May to mark Coeliac Disease Awareness Week. The 24-page comic seeks to make more people aware of what it is like to live with coeliac disease, the only treatment for which is a strict life-long gluten free diet. Professor Jenny Woof, of the University’s School of Life Sciences, proposed a collaboration with the comics team to help pro...

Comic to raise awareness of coeliac disease

16 May 2019

Dundee’s scientific impact among best in the world

The University of Dundee has been rated among the world’s best universities in terms of the impact of its scientific research in the 2019 CWTS Leiden Rankings. The Leiden rankings are based on research publications data and offer important insights into the scientific performance of nearly 1000 major universities worldwide. They place Dundee at 15th in the world for the highest proportion of highly cited publications. This is based on the proportion of citations in the most cited 1% of articles across all disciplines.  According to the ranking, Dundee is just behind Oxford (11th) and Cambridge (...

Dundee’s scientific impact among best in the world

16 May 2019

#MadeAtUni `Nation’s Lifesavers’ - Professor Bob Steele

When working as a senior NHS registrar in the late 1980s Professor Bob Steele was struck by how many of the patients with bowel cancer died. Then he moved to Nottingham, where trials of bowel cancer screening were happening. “Most of the patients with colorectal cancer I had seen before had quite advanced disease and there sadly wasn’t much we could do for them. When I moved to Nottingham where trials of bowel cancer screening were happening I found most of my patients had early disease and were curable by surgery. That was a really motivating factor to see the effect of a public health interve...

#MadeAtUni `Nation’s Lifesavers’ - Professor Bob Steele

15 May 2019

Guilt-free screen time is child’s play for Jenna

Hours of inactivity in front of a screen might be a thing of the past, thanks to a new playsuit developed by a University of Dundee student. Digital Interaction Design student Jenna Maudlin says that her interactive playsuit which allows children to control a video game with their movement will satisfy parents concerned with their offspring’s screen time. Jenna, who believes her prototype is the world’s first interactive playsuit developed for children, will reveal her final-year project to the public this week as it goes on display at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design and Ar...

Guilt-free screen time is child’s play for Jenna

14 May 2019

Antibiotic use can increase nerve damage risk

Research from the University of Dundee has shown that a commonly used class of antibiotics may increase a patient’s risk of suffering a serious and potentially permanent form of nerve damage by almost 50%. Peripheral neuropathy has long been recognised as a potential side effect of fluoroquinolone antibiotics but it was not known how strong this association was and how it could be affected by the length of treatment, or by age and gender. Researchers led by Dr Daniel Morales, of the University’s School of Medicine, looked at a database of 1.3 million adults issued one or more prescriptions of f...

Antibiotic use can increase nerve damage risk