19 Sep 2017

Smoking number one risk factor for PAD

research also points to diabetes as cause of disease that can lead to limb amputation Smoking and diabetes are the two leading risk factors for peripheral artery disease (PAD), a narrowing of the arteries which can result in amputation, according to a study carried out at the University of Dundee and part-funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF). Diabetics who smoked were 16 times more likely to develop PAD than non-smoking non-diabetics. Cholesterol came top of the list of risk factors for coronary heart disease (CHD), when the coronary arteries supplying the heart become narrowed and can cause a he...

Smoking number one risk factor for PAD

18 Sep 2017

'Dundee and Me: How the City Shapes our Moods’

University of Dundee academics are to work with children and vulnerable adults from the city to explore the links between their local environment and emotional wellbeing. The team behind 'Dundee and Me: How the City Shapes our Moods’ will ask the group about the places that both positively and negatively impact upon their mood and the reasons for the feelings they invoke. Participants will be asked to photograph various locations they travel to throughout the city and to record when such places bring about a change in mood. “The aim of the project is to build awareness of the ways in which our ...

'Dundee and Me: How the City Shapes our Moods’

17 Sep 2017

£2million award for cancer researcher

A University of Dundee scientist has been awarded £2million to explore the role that one of the most fundamental processes in cell biology plays in cancer. Professor Karim Labib will receive the grant from Cancer Research UK to study mechanisms that preserve genome integrity during the final stages of chromosome replication in animal cells. The process by which cells copy their own chromosomes and then make new cells is vital to all of life. Chromosomes contain the genetic blueprint that makes us what we are and this information must be copied perfectly for new cells to survive and carry out their fu...

£2million award for cancer researcher

12 Sep 2017

New diagnostic test for human African Sleeping Sickness

A new diagnostic test developed from research at the Universities of Dundee and Cambridge has been launched with the aim of helping eliminate the disease known as African sleeping sickness. Sleeping sickness, or Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT), is caused by parasites transmitted by tsetse flies in sub-Saharan Africa and has a devastating impact, causing thousands of deaths each year. Today, September 12th, the international non-profit organisation FIND and the diagnostics company Alere launched their second-generation rapid diagnostic test (RDT) for sleeping sickness. This second-generation test is eas...

New diagnostic test for human African Sleeping Sickness

28 Aug 2017

‘Gold standard’ recognition for Tayside Clinical Trials Unit

Tayside Clinical Trials Unit (TCTU) – a joint initiative between the University of Dundee and NHS Tayside – has been recognised for the 'gold standard' of its clinical research. The TCTU has retained full registration status by the UK Clinical Research Collaboration, the national body overseeing clinical trial units in this country. To receive full registration a unit such as TCTU has to demonstrate to an international panel of experts that it can coordinate multi-centre clinical trials and deliver them to the highest quality standards as well as publish the results in quality journals. Clinica...

‘Gold standard’ recognition for Tayside Clinical Trials Unit