9 Aug 2019

Tuberculosis epidemic causes lasting damage to lungs

New research from the University of Dundee has revealed that the worldwide tuberculosis (TB) epidemic is leaving a legacy of chronic lung disease. Scientists from the University, in partnership with the Respiratory Research Network of India, have reported results from a study of more than 2000 Indian patients with evidence of permanent lung damage. Researchers have found that more than 1/3 of patients who are successfully cured of TB with antibiotics developed permanent lung damage which, in the worst cases, results in large holes in the lungs called cavities and widening of the airways called bronchiectas...

Tuberculosis epidemic causes lasting damage to lungs

31 Jul 2019

Researchers make critical cell division discovery

Researchers at the University of Dundee have solved one of the mysteries of cell division, a discovery which may shed light on cancer development and one day help develop new drugs to treat the disease. Humans are made of approximately 37 trillion cells, all of which need to be constantly replaced with exact copies when they become old or damaged through an orderly process called cell division, or mitosis. Depending on the location of the cells in specific tissues and organs, the cell division axis determines the correct positioning of the new cells in tissues. When this process goes wrong it can contribut...

Researchers make critical cell division discovery

25 Jul 2019

£2.1million grant to combat antimicrobial resistance

Researchers at the University of Dundee have been awarded £2.1million in funding to expand their work in the global battle against antimicrobial resistance, one of the major health problems facing the world in the 21st century. Antimicrobial resistance means existing treatments for some infections no longer work, creating an urgent need for new approaches to prevention and treatment. The funding award from the UK Government Department of Health and Social Care is to a team led by Dr Charis Marwick in the University’s School of Medicine, working with colleagues in the School of Life Sciences and...

£2.1million grant to combat antimicrobial resistance

24 Jul 2019

Tatties gone? Scientists discover wild potatoes key for stronger spuds

Image credit: Roger Hyam Potatoes have been a staple of Britain’s diet for half a millennium, but new research suggests that limited genetic differences in potato lineages has left British and American spuds vulnerable to the disease that caused the Irish potato famine. Plant scientists at the University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute have revealed that commercial potato crops are under constant threat of late blight, the pathogen behind one of Europe’s most devastating famines, but wild potato genes might be the cure. Dr Ingo Hein, Principal Investigator in plant-pathogen co-evolutio...

Tatties gone? Scientists discover wild potatoes key for stronger spuds

11 Jul 2019

MMV Project of the Year Award for Dundee researchers

Researchers from the Drug Discovery Unit at the University of Dundee have been awarded the “Project of the Year 2018” from Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) for their discovery work on potential new drugs for malaria. The annual award goes to the scientific partners involved in that year’s most exciting project from the MMV portfolio. MMV is the world’s leading product development partnership (PDP) for discovering and developing new effective and affordable medicines to treat malaria. Malaria is a serious disease, particularly affecting sub-Saharan Africa, causing approximately 43...

MMV Project of the Year Award for Dundee researchers