6 Feb 2018

Ageing immune system may explain age-related cancer risk increase

Study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests ageing immune system plays a larger role in cancer incidence than previously thought Findings may explain higher likelihood of men developing cancer than women This epidemiological research could have major implications for global fight against cancer if borne out by further studies The key to cancer prevention may lie in the immune system rather than genetic mutations, the current focus of most anti-cancer efforts across the world, according to a major new study carried out at the University of Dundee. Eight million people die ...

Ageing immune system may explain age-related cancer risk increase

2 Feb 2018

A decade of cancer prevention – what has emerged?

Billions of pounds have been spent on identifying modifiable factors that increase the risk of cancer. In theory it should be money well spent but only if we act upon the evidence to support people to have healthier lifestyles. To mark World Cancer Day, Scotland’s leading experts on the disease will meet next week to look at how cancer prevention can be more effectively delivered and promoted a decade after the landmark report which placed it at the centre of the healthcare agenda. The seventh annual Scottish Cancer Prevention Network (SCPN) conference takes place on Monday February 5 at Merchants Ha...

A decade of cancer prevention – what has emerged?

2 Feb 2018

New study finds dialects and languages are processed differently

Is saying ‘breeks’ instead of ‘trousers’ or ‘tatties’ instead of ‘potatoes’ like speaking a different language? New University of Dundee research suggests that dialects are processed differently to languages, an important finding as the distinction between the two is often controversial and politically charged. Dr Alissa Melinger from the University’s Psychology department investigated word selection by speakers of two dialects by using an experimental paradigm developed to study bilingualism. She focussed on those who speak in Scottish dialect as well ...

New study finds dialects and languages are processed differently

29 Jan 2018

New toolkit empowers citizens to tackle environmental pollution

New toolkit from University of Dundee and European partners helps citizens capture environmental data themselves to solve local problems with pollution Grassroots groups across Europe have been using low-cost data collection technology to stimulate local government change Initial toolkit print run of 3,500 and free to download today Residents affected by issues such as noise or air pollution often feel helpless and ignored, but a University of Dundee-led project is enabling them to gather the facts they need to kick-start change. Citizen Sensing – A Toolkit is a new guide thatempowers citizens to ...

New toolkit empowers citizens to tackle environmental pollution

24 Jan 2018

£200,000 'Dragons Den' boost for cancer research

The charity Worldwide Cancer Research has awarded a University of Dundee researcher just over £200,000 to study ways to improve the use of chemotherapy. The research, led by Professor Anton Gartner, could one day help identify people who would benefit the most from a particular type of treatment. The award, which Professor Gartner secured after a 'Dragons Den' style meeting involving some of the world’s leading cancer researchers, will support two years of research at the University. Professor Gartner will be using microscopic worms, called nematode worms, to investigate ways to make chemothera...

£200,000 'Dragons Den' boost for cancer research