19 Dec 2016

Professor Irwin McLean recognised for skin disease research

The University of Dundee’s Professor Irwin McLean, one of the world’s leading authorities on skin diseases, has been elected as a Member of the Academia Europaea. Members of the prestigious organisation comprise scientists and scholars from across Europe collectively aiming to promote learning, education and research. Members include 52 Nobel Laureates, several of whom were elected to the Academia before receiving the prize. Irwin McLean is Professor of Human Genetics at the University’s School of Life Sciences. His research group has identified the faulty genes that cause dozens of hered...

Professor Irwin McLean recognised for skin disease research

14 Dec 2016

New study testing the delivery of the best asthma treatment based on genetics

A study by researchers from across the UK is aiming to discover whether treating asthmatic children according to their genetic status can improve their quality of life by reducing hospitalisations, missed school days and other problems caused by the disease. Previous studies have shown that 100,000 young people are routinely prescribed an asthma controller medication called salmeterol, which can offer little benefit to some of them. Young volunteers are now being sought for the Personalised Medicine for Asthma Control (PACT) study developed by researchers at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS), toget...

New study testing the delivery of the best asthma treatment based on genetics

9 Dec 2016

Blood test points to much earlier detection of lung cancer

A new blood test has been developed that can accurately detect antibodies to lung cancer cells at an early stage, potentially up to five years before traditional scans show any damage. The early results of the largest ever randomised trial for lung cancer screening using the blood test in a population of approximately 12,000 high risk participants, are presented at the British Thoracic Society (BTS) Winter Meeting today (Friday 9th December 2016). The research is a collaboration between NHS Health Boards in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lanarkshire and Tayside, the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow, N...

Blood test points to much earlier detection of lung cancer

7 Dec 2016

£13.6 million to establish new Wellcome Research Centre

The University of Dundee has been awarded £13.6 million by Wellcome to establish a new research centre to tackle some of the world’s most devastating diseases. The Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research (CAIR) builds on world-leading work at the University’s School of Life Sciences to find new drugs to treat neglected tropical diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and leishmaniasis. These are diseases which affect millions of people and cause hundreds of thousands of deaths every year. They disproportionately affect the poor and cost developing economies billions of dollars. &ldquo...

£13.6 million to establish new Wellcome Research Centre

29 Nov 2016

Laser technology to help take Large Hadron Collider to next level

Pioneering laser technology could boost the performance of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN to new levels of efficiency, helping unlock some of science’s greatest mysteries going back to the `Big Bang’.  The technology for the surface modification of metals known as LESS (Laser Engineered Surface Structures) for this specific application is the result of a collaboration between the University of Dundee and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).  Dundee and STFC have now entered into partnership with CERN to employ the new technology, which is aimed at clearing th...

Laser technology to help take Large Hadron Collider to next level