1 Jun 2016

Researchers work with BBC to help dementia patients enjoy conversation

Researchers from the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews have collaborated with the BBC to help people who live with dementia and their carers to have mutually enjoyable conversations. The broadcaster is exploring a number of ways its extensive archive can be used for the public good and asked Dundee’s Dr Norman Alm to assist them as a result of his extensive research into the benefits of reminiscence work. The Dundee-St Andrews CIRCA (Computer Interactive Reminiscence and Conversation Aid) Project team, of which Dr Alm is a member, have been working together for some time on using technology to su...

Researchers work with BBC to help dementia patients enjoy conversation

27 May 2016

Parasites' winner-takes-all mechanism to evade immune defences

A genetic game of `winner takes all’ that sustains the parasitic infections which cause sleeping sickness in humans and nagana in cattle – devastating diseases particularly in rural areas of Africa - has been identified in a research breakthrough led by the University of Dundee. African trypanosomiasis, or sleeping sickness, affects both humans and animals and has a destructive impact, particularly in rural areas. The disease in humans is typically lethal without therapy and in cattle is the most economically important livestock disease in Africa. The disease parasite is usually transmitted thr...

Parasites' winner-takes-all mechanism to evade immune defences

24 May 2016

Tuberculosis drug may also target visceral leishmaniasis

A drug that has already been approved for treatment of tuberculosis could also be a powerful tool to combat another of the developing world’s major diseases, researchers at the University of Dundee have found. Visceral leishmaniasis is a disease which blights the developing world with 200,000 to 400,000 new cases and 48,000 deaths annually. The vast majority of cases are seen in six countries - Bangladesh, Brazil, Ethiopia, India, South Sudan and Sudan. There are no vaccines available and current drug treatments all have serious limitations such as prolonged administration (mainly by injection), high...

Tuberculosis drug may also target visceral leishmaniasis

18 May 2016

Study shows new way to predict COPD progression

New research from the University of Dundee has found that a process initiated in white blood cells known as neutrophils may lead to worse outcomes for some patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The discovery may help identify patients at higher risk for COPD progression, who might also show little benefit from standard treatments. The study was presented at the ATS (American Thoracic Society) 2016 International Conference in San Francisco. “We have known for many years that neutrophils should be able to fight infection, but we haven’t fully understood why they don’t ...

Study shows new way to predict COPD progression

16 May 2016

Partnership to tackle parasitic animal diseases

The Drug Discovery Unit of the University of Dundee, Scotland, the Institute of Parasitology and Tropical Veterinary Medicine (IPTVM) of the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, and Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, Germany, today announced they have initiated first steps for a partnership to discover new and effective treatments for parasitic diseases which affect companion animals and livestock. Parasites are a major cause of disease in animals, often impacting animal welfare and leading to significant economic loss for farmers. The intention of the three parties is to intensify their partnership in...

Partnership to tackle parasitic animal diseases