18 Oct 2019

Discovery raises hopes of one day preventing streptococci infections

Researchers at the University of Dundee have discovered an enzyme they believe could be key to preventing Group A Streptococcus infections that cause more than 500,000 deaths worldwide each year. Group A Streptococcus can lead to illnesses such as strep throat, scarlet fever, sepsis and toxic shock syndrome as well as several long-term autoimmune diseases with high mortality rates. Working with colleagues at the University of Edinburgh and the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Dundee researchers found an enzyme that is required to produce a carbohydrate on the surface of the streptococcal bacterium which en...

Discovery raises hopes of one day preventing streptococci infections

11 Oct 2019

Blood test raises hopes of tackling ‘silent killer’

It is the ‘silent killer’ that claimed the life of Albert Einstein and affects 1% of men over the age of 65, but researchers at the University of Dundee believe they may be able to reduce the number of fatalities caused by abdominal aortic aneurysms. Aneurysms are the swelling and weakening of the arterial wall. Aortic aneurysms occur in the aorta, which delivers blood from the heart to organs. Aneurysms are often called a silent killer, because patients can display no symptoms until the aneurysm bursts. Around 80% of all patients with a ruptured aneurysm die from the condition. A team from the...

Blood test raises hopes of tackling ‘silent killer’

9 Oct 2019

Dundee Funeral Poverty report calls for action

A major report commissioned by Dundee City Council and the Scottish Government carried out by researchers at the University of Dundee, calls for greater support to bereaved families facing rising funeral debt. The 90-page Funeral Poverty in Dundee: Funeral Link Evaluation, authored by Dr Carlo Morelli and Ruth Bickerton from the University’s School of Business, has identified more than £500,000 of funeral debt forced upon low income families in Dundee. The report, which will be released during Challenge Poverty Week, also demonstrated the effectiveness of the charity Funeral Link in providing a...

Dundee Funeral Poverty report calls for action

7 Oct 2019

From sleeping cell to assassin – how immune cells work

Image credit: "T Lymphocyte" by NIAID is licensed under CC BY 2.0.   Scientists at the University of Dundee have carried out one of the most comprehensive studies into how immune cells sense and respond to their environment to fight infection and destroy tumours. The research team, who have published their findings in the journal Nature Immunology, said the results provide important insights into how immune responses might be manipulated for the treatment of autoimmune diseases and cancer. Professor Doreen Cantrell and Professor Angus Lamond, both in the School of Life Sciences at Dunde...

From sleeping cell to assassin – how immune cells work

30 Sep 2019

Lung bacteria “feign pregnancy” to avoid detection

Disease-causing bacteria in the lung evade the body’s immune system by pretending the lungs are pregnant, according to University of Dundee research presented today at the European Respiratory Society Congress in Madrid. A new study, funded by the British Lung Foundation and the Scottish Government’s Chief Scientist Office, has revealed that people with two common lung diseases – COPD and bronchiectasis – produce Pregnancy Zone Protein (PZP) in their lungs when they have a chest infection. Both men and women can produce small amounts of PZP, but it is produced at much higher concent...

Lung bacteria “feign pregnancy” to avoid detection