14 Apr 2016

Vitamin pill could prevent heart attacks and strokes in people with kidney disease

A new trial, led by the Universities of Dundee and Glasgow, is underway to discover whether vitamin K can improve heart and blood vessel health in chronic kidney disease patients. People with kidney disease have a significantly greater risk of having a heart attack or stroke as the condition causes a layer of calcium to settle in the wall of blood vessels, making them stiff, which increases blood pressure and puts strain on the heart. Chronic kidney disease affects over a third of people over the age of 65 and is one of the commonest comorbidities seen in hospitals, particularly in those admitted with acut...

Vitamin pill could prevent heart attacks and strokes in people with kidney disease

14 Apr 2016

Trauma support project to help children across the world

A pioneering project to help child victims of war and disaster cope with their trauma and grief is to be made globally available following a successful trial in Palestine led by a team including a trauma expert at the University of Dundee. The `Children and Grief’ manual tells group leaders how to lead groups of children following traumatic losses. Dr Ian Barron, Reader in Trauma Studies at the University of Dundee, has worked in collaboration with Dr Ghassan Abdallah, Director of the Centre for Applied Research in Ramallah, to implement and evaluate the pilot programme in Palestine, which has worked...

Trauma support project to help children across the world

5 Apr 2016

`Double agent’ cells survival factor revealed

A group of `double agent’ cells, which both protect us from some infections while also contributing to tissue damage in various inflammatory conditions, could be manipulated to offer a new approach to treating conditions such as asthma, following research led by the University of Dundee. Researchers led by Professor Colin Watts in the School of Life Sciences at Dundee have uncovered a critical survival factor for a group of white blood cells called eosinophils. “Eosinophils play a key role in our immune system, protecting us from some infectious agents but, less desirably, also contributing to ...

`Double agent’ cells survival factor revealed

30 Mar 2016

Novartis Medal and Prize for Professor Doreen Cantrell

Professor Doreen Cantrell, Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow and Dean of the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee, is to be awarded one of the UK’s most prestigious honours in biochemistry, the Novartis Medal and Prize. Professor Cantrell has been chosen to receive the 2017 Novartis Medal and Prize by the Awards Committee of the Biochemical Society. The prize is awarded annually in recognition of contributions to the development of any branch of biochemistry and is open to candidates of any nationality working in the UK and Ireland. Professor Cantrell holds a Chair in Cellular I...

Novartis Medal and Prize for Professor Doreen Cantrell

28 Mar 2016

Olympians lend their weight to Iona’s curling study

Some of Scotland’s greatest curlers have lent their weight to a research project being carried out by a University of Dundee student. Iona Robertson, an Intercalated BMSc student studying Applied Orthopaedic Technology at the University’s TORT Centre, has been working with members of the Men’s British Curling Team from the 2014 Winter Olympics to examine the stresses placed on the knees of people playing the sport. Olympians David Murdoch, Scott Andrews and Michael Goodfellow have all helped Iona with her project, taking part in sessions at the ice rink at The Peak sports village in Stirl...

Olympians lend their weight to Iona’s curling study