30 Sep 2019

Lung bacteria “feign pregnancy” to avoid detection

Disease-causing bacteria in the lung evade the body’s immune system by pretending the lungs are pregnant, according to University of Dundee research presented today at the European Respiratory Society Congress in Madrid. A new study, funded by the British Lung Foundation and the Scottish Government’s Chief Scientist Office, has revealed that people with two common lung diseases – COPD and bronchiectasis – produce Pregnancy Zone Protein (PZP) in their lungs when they have a chest infection. Both men and women can produce small amounts of PZP, but it is produced at much higher concent...

Lung bacteria “feign pregnancy” to avoid detection

26 Sep 2019

High blood sugar variability increases risk for diabetes patients

New research presented at this year’s Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) in Barcelona, Spain shows that patients with the highest variability in their blood sugar control are more than twice as likely to die as those with the most stable blood sugar measurements. The study is by Professor Ewan Pearson, University of Dundee, UK and Dr Sheyu Li, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China, and University of Dundee, UK, and colleagues. Measuring glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) in a patient’s blood has for many years been a standard method for measu...

High blood sugar variability increases risk for diabetes patients

25 Sep 2019

North Eastern University, China, partnership launched

Dundee opens joint research centre at NEU, China, and welcomes new student cohort The University of Dundee has opened a new joint research centre with North Eastern University (NEU), China, and welcomed almost 120 new students on to a new double degree in Biomedical Engineering which will be delivered as part of a Joint Educational Partnership (JEP) between the two institutions. Staff from Dundee have been in China this week to launch the new programme and for the formal opening of the Sir Cuschieri Skills Centre, named after Professor Sir Alfred Cuschieri, one of the world’s leading authorities on...

North Eastern University, China, partnership launched

23 Sep 2019

£5.5 million award to train brightest and best

The University of Dundee has been awarded almost £5.5 million under a new initiative that combines scientific excellence with a commitment to providing the best possible training environment for PhD students. Dundee is among 15 UK institutions to share in Wellcome’s £127 million PhD Programme in Science. Over the next five years, 25 students will be recruited to the University’s world-leading School of Life Sciences and participate in multidisciplinary research in Cellular Regulation, Protein Modification, Infection and Immunity, and Drug Discovery and Translation. The flexible PhD ...

£5.5 million award to train brightest and best

17 Sep 2019

Inter-microbial warfare may help overcome antimicrobial resistance

The University of Dundee’s Dr Sarah Coulthurst will lead a £2.7 million effort to investigate whether a ‘nanoweapon’ could be deployed in the global battle against antimicrobial resistance. The World Health Organisation recently ranked antimicrobial resistance as one of the ten biggest threats to global health. As such, there is an urgent need to develop new treatments to prevent millions of lives being lost to diseases that are routinely treated with drugs such as antibiotics at present. Dr Coulthurst and colleagues at Dundee, Newcastle, Heriot-Watt and Exeter universities and the ...

Inter-microbial warfare may help overcome antimicrobial resistance