12 Sep 2019

‘Forgotten cancer’ to be tackled by Dundee scientists

The University of Dundee is to lead new research into a ‘forgotten cancer’ related to lifestyle and deprivation which Scots are more likely to be diagnosed with than almost any other group in the world. Russell Petty, Professor of Medical Oncology at the University’s School of Medicine, has received £300,000 from the Chief Scientist Office to try and overcome resistance to treatment experienced by oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) patients. The problem of resistance is so serious that 60% of people die within a year of being diagnosed and only around 15% of patients are cur...

‘Forgotten cancer’ to be tackled by Dundee scientists

12 Sep 2019

BBC Watchdog Live showcases University smoke alarm research

University of Dundee research showing that most children are likely to sleep through standard smoke alarms will feature in tonight’s episode of BBC One’s flagship consumer rights series Watchdog Live. The research, undertaken in collaboration with Derbyshire Fire and Rescue services, showed that children respond to different tones and frequencies of alarm than adults, and that boys and girls are wakened by a different combination of sounds. Only 28% of children in the study woke to the standard alarm, while an alarm tested using a lower frequency sound combined with a voice recording woke over ...

BBC Watchdog Live showcases University smoke alarm research

9 Sep 2019

Blood test to aid better detection of lung cancer

  Scotland has one of the highest rates of lung cancer in the world – 2,592 men and 2,739 women were diagnosed with lung cancer in Scotland in 2017. In that year, 4,069 people with lung cancer in Scotland died. In the UK, survival from lung cancer is poor with less than 9% of patients still alive at five years after diagnosis, due primarily to the late stage of presentation. In around 80% of cases the cancer has spread beyond the lungs by the time it is diagnosed. If the disease is diagnosed in the early stages cure rates can be 60-70%. The Early Detection of Cancer of the Lung Scotland (ECLS)...

Blood test to aid better detection of lung cancer

22 Aug 2019

Jean Monnet honour for Dundee academic

A University of Dundee academic has been awarded a prestigious European Commission Professorship to further his research into how ecological and economic justice can be delivered. Professor Raphael Heffron received the Jean Monnet Chair for 2019-2022 on the Just Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy, one of only four such awards across the whole of the UK and the only one in Scotland. These Chairs recognise excellence in both teaching and research and are open to leading academics across the world whose work is of particular relevance to the European Union. Professor Heffron’s research at the University...

Jean Monnet honour for Dundee academic

21 Aug 2019

‘Yin and yang’ enzymes evolve over billions of years to help protect against cancer

Researchers at the University of Dundee have made an important discovery about two enzymes that have evolved over billions of years to control many different bodily functions, including playing a critical role in preventing cancer. The team, led by Dr Adrian Saurin from the University’s School of Medicine, investigated the enzymes PP1 and PP2A which were known to be vital to the process of cell division, although the precise role they played has puzzled scientists until now. Cell division, also known as mitosis, sees a parent cell divide into two daughter cells containing the same DNA content. If thi...

‘Yin and yang’ enzymes evolve over billions of years to help protect against cancer