9 Aug 2017

Dundee top in UK for providing ideas behind inventions

University of Dundee research is the best in the UK at influencing innovation, according to a new report published today. The Nature Index 2017 Innovation supplement sheds new light on the impact academic research is having on innovation by examining how research articles are cited in third-party patents across the world. By looking at patents owned by third parties – informed by and citing academic work – rather than those held by institutions themselves, the influence of research on the development of products and services is exposed. The supplement’s tables contain some of the key acad...

Dundee top in UK for providing ideas behind inventions

4 Aug 2017

£1.5million Wellcome Trust award for cell cycle study

Biochemists at the Universities of Liverpool and Dundee have been awarded a prestigious Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award in Science of more than £1.5million to study potential disease-causing mechanisms in the cell cycle. The team, comprising Professor Sonia Rocha at Liverpool’s Institute of Integrative Biology and Professors Angus Lamond, Jason Swedlow and Stewart Fleming at Dundee, will investigate the interplay between oxygen sensing proteins and cell division. Oxygen is essential for life in multicellular organisms and animals have evolved mechanisms to cope with decreased oxygen concentr...

£1.5million Wellcome Trust award for cell cycle study

4 Aug 2017

UV light treatment offers better outcomes for skin disease sufferers

Routine prescribing of UV light treatment for severe skin conditions could significantly reduce the use of steroid creams and tablets while improving patient outcomes, according to new research from the University of Dundee. Patients who experience the most severe forms of diseases such as psoriasis or eczema find their lives blighted by their conditions. Steroid creams are frequently prescribed but these can cause quite serious side effects and, in the case of bad psoriasis or eczema, can prove inadequate to bring the disease under control. In such instances patients may be referred to a dermatologist for...

UV light treatment offers better outcomes for skin disease sufferers

3 Aug 2017

Babies learn from day one, new study shows

Babies have the capacity to learn from social experiences in their first days of life, a new study from Psychology researchers at the University of Dundee has revealed. The study, which involved more than 80 infants, demonstrated that they showed signs of learning from repeated social interactions even in their first two days. Researchers administered the `still face procedure’, a well-established technique where someone interacting with the child essentially freezes in the middle of the conversation and ignores them for a few minutes. The babies became distressed (something that also happens in olde...

Babies learn from day one, new study shows

31 Jul 2017

Dundee to lead on evaluation of new model for supervision of midwives

The University of Dundee is to lead on evaluation of a new model of clinical supervision for midwives in Scotland which has been funded by the Scottish Government’s Chief Nursing Officer (CNO). The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and UK Government response to the Morecambe Bay Inquiry has been to separate supervision of midwives from regulation.  All four CNOs and Ministers agreed on the need to preserve the supportive aspects of supervision in practice.   In Scotland, an employer-led model of clinical supervision for midwives has been co-produced with key stakeholders.  Implementa...

Dundee to lead on evaluation of new model for supervision of midwives