19 Feb 2019

‘Gamification’ to help develop tools to assist in hearing access

University of Dundee researchers are to explore how techniques used in board games can be used to help people with hearing difficulties participate in group environments. ‘Gamification’ describes the application of typical elements of game playing to other areas of activity. Researchers from the University’s Computing department will work with social enterprise company Ideas for Ears to investigate hearing access issues present within group conversation environments and how gamification may help address these. Eleven million people in the UK have some form of hearing loss and every person...

‘Gamification’ to help develop tools to assist in hearing access

13 Feb 2019

Citizen scientists sought for pioneering hand identification research

A new research project investigating what makes a person’s hands unique will call on 5000 ‘citizen scientists’ to contribute images to the world’s first searchable database of the anatomy and variations of the human hand. The 2.5M Euro project called H-Unique, funded by the European Research Council and led by Lancaster University in collaboration with the University of Dundee, will build on the ground-breaking research techniques pioneered by forensic anthropologist Professor Dame Sue Black. These techniques, pioneered by Professor Black while at Dundee, have previously been used s...

Citizen scientists sought for pioneering hand identification research

12 Feb 2019

Natural products from the Amazon may help to treat neglected diseases

University of Dundee researchers have been awarded £700,000 to investigate whether bacteria and other natural products found in the Amazon hold the key to developing new drugs for neglected tropical diseases. The Dundee team led by Professor Kevin Read from the University’s Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research (WCAIR) will work with colleagues in Brazil to identify novel drug targets and develop new therapies for visceral leishmaniasis and Chagas’ disease. The Medical Research Council (MRC)/Newton Fund grant will enable Professor Read’s team, alongside collaborators in Brazi...

Natural products from the Amazon may help to treat neglected diseases

11 Jan 2019

High intake of dietary fibre and whole grains associated with reduced risk of non-communicable diseases

People who eat higher levels of dietary fibre and whole grains have lower rates of non-communicable diseases compared with people who eat lesser amounts, while links for low glycaemic load and low glycaemic index diets are less clear. Observational studies and clinical trials conducted over nearly 40 years reveal the health benefits of eating at least 25g to 29g or more of dietary fibre a day, according to a series of systematic reviews and meta-analyses published in The Lancet. The results suggest a 15-30% decrease in all-cause and cardiovascular related mortality when comparing people who eat the high...

High intake of dietary fibre and whole grains associated with reduced risk of non-communicable diseases

10 Jan 2019

Surgical robot signals new age of medical training in Scotland

Dundee Institute for Healthcare Simulation (DIHS) has taken delivery of a leading-edge surgical robot. DIHS, a medical education centre formed by the University of Dundee, NHS Tayside and industry partners Medtronic, are developing the first training programme for robotic-assisted surgery in Scotland. Surgical robots are used to carry out operations across four health boards in Scotland, but surgeons must travel to England or overseas to be trained in their use. The installation of the £1.7 million da Vinci robot at DIHS is the first step towards a full robotic training centre being established north...

Surgical robot signals new age of medical training in Scotland