11 Jun 2018

UV light treatment can save millions while helping patients

Treating severe skin conditions with UV light rather than creams, pills and injections could save the NHS millions of pounds while improving patient outcomes, according to a new University of Dundee study. Dr John Foerster and colleagues from the University’s School of Medicine found the annual per-patient cost of filtered UV light treatment, known as phototherapy, to be around £250. This is one-sixth of the cost attributed to phototherapy by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and a fraction of the estimated £7-12,000 annual cost of injectable biologic therapies....

UV light treatment can save millions while helping patients

7 Jun 2018

Dundee’s global life sciences role highlighted at BIO 2018

The University of Dundee’s contribution to the UK’s strength in the global life sciences sector is being highlighted this week by its Drug Discovery Unit at one of the world’s major scientific gatherings, the 2018 BIO International Convention in Boston. The Drug Discovery Unit operates as a standalone ‘biotech style’ small molecule drug discovery organisation and collaborates with partners worldwide to translate world-class biology research into novel drug targets and candidate drugs across multiple disease indications. This makes it the only DDU of its type in the UK which, i...

Dundee’s global life sciences role highlighted at BIO 2018

5 Jun 2018

Monster new edition to celebrate Frankenstein’s Dundee links

A new Dundee Edition of Frankenstein celebrating author Mary Shelley’s links to the city is to be published and distributed free to local schoolchildren later this year. Edited and introduced by Dr Daniel Cook, of the University of Dundee’s English department, the book will comprise the complete 1818 text of the ground-breaking science fiction novel as well as dozens of commissioned images produced by award-winning local comics artists. Broadcaster Billy Kay, who is currently working on a BBC Scotland radio documentary exploring Mary Shelley’s Dundee, will provide the foreword. “Fra...

Monster new edition to celebrate Frankenstein’s Dundee links

28 May 2018

Stop and search report leads to policy change

Police Scotland has changed the way it carries out stop and search following a series of recommendations made by researchers at the University of Dundee and Edinburgh Napier University. Dr Megan O’Neill, from Dundee, and Edinburgh Napier’s Dr Liz Aston had previously evaluated a new approach to stop and search piloted by the Fife Division of Police Scotland. Their report, published by the Dundee-based Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR), highlighted elements of the pilot that can be regarded as good practice while also making 19 recommendations for improvement. Police Scotland has t...

Stop and search report leads to policy change

22 May 2018

Big funding for big data follows Prime Minister’s AI speech

Funding of £1million has been announced to help University of Dundee scientists tackle the challenges of dealing with big data, just 24 hours after Theresa May heralded the potential of artificial intelligence to transform healthcare. Professor Geoff Barton, Head of Computational Biology in the University’s School of Life Sciences, has received the funding by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). The award will enable the development of advanced computational methods that allow researchers to organise, compare, understand and exploit the vast amounts of data produc...

Big funding for big data follows Prime Minister’s AI speech