14 Dec 2017

Research to put bite on liver disease NASH

A form of liver disease which threatens to become a modern epidemic due to its association with obesity and type 2 diabetes – both major health issues for modern society – may be stopped in its tracks thanks to a research breakthrough by scientists at the Universities of Dundee, St Andrews and Stony Brook. They found that the liver disease known as NASH (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis) could not only be stopped but that the damage it causes, including cirrhosis of the liver, could be reversed. Lifestyle choices within industrialised societies that entail over-consumption of energy-dense food and...

Research to put bite on liver disease NASH

11 Dec 2017

Financial incentives may increase breastfeeding rates

Breastfeeding increased in areas where shopping vouchers were offered to mothers 46 per cent of all eligible mothers signed up to the scheme and over 40 per cent claimed at least one voucher for breastfeeding Women reported that the vouchers were an incentive to continue breastfeeding Offering new mothers financial incentives may significantly increase low breastfeeding rates, new research from the University of Sheffield and the University of Dundee has found. More than 10,000 new mothers across South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire were involved in the ground breaking study which offere...

Financial incentives may increase breastfeeding rates

4 Dec 2017

‘Ghostbusters-style’ optical traps enable researchers to study living cells

University of Dundee researchers have created optical traps – described as microscopic equivalents of the proton pack in Ghostbusters – that enable scientists to manipulate minuscule objects and study the mechanics of cells and bio-molecules deep inside living organisms. An optical trap is a tightly focused laser beam that can be used to confine and manipulate microscopic objects such as cells, bacteria and strands of DNA, typically in aqueous media. Whilst they are not themselves new, Dundee researchers used holographic beam-shaping to deploy such traps for the first time through hair-thin opt...

‘Ghostbusters-style’ optical traps enable researchers to study living cells

24 Nov 2017

Leaders go into forensic detail

Key figures in the multi-million pound Tay Cities Deal bid have visited the University of Dundee’s Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science to find out more about the proposed JustTech project. As part of the bid’s drive to exploit the area’s strengths in digital innovation and to create, stimulate and protect jobs it is seeking investment to support a Forensic Science Catapult Centre and a new innovation cluster at the University. Dundee currently leads the UK in Forensic Science research and has an opportunity through Tay Cities Deal support to rapidly step-change to global leade...

Leaders go into forensic detail

22 Nov 2017

Court Room Science Primers Launched

Unique partnership between the judiciary and science academies produces plain English primers relaying core scientific evidence to judges Easy-to-understand guides or primers on scientific evidence – developed with the help of experts from the University of Dundee – are being introduced in UK courts as a working tool for judges. The first two primers in the series, which cover DNA fingerprinting and techniques identifying people from the way they walk from CCTV, launch today (22 November 2017). The primers – Forensic DNA analysis and Forensic gait analysis –are designed to assist ...

Court Room Science Primers Launched