30 Nov 2015

GP funding disadvantages patients in deprived areas

General Practice funding systems in Scotland are “part of the problem” of health inequality, and do not match clinical need in deprived areas where multi-morbidity is highest. A new study, carried out by researchers at the University of Glasgow’s Institute of Health and Wellbeing and the University of Dundee, has found that while GPs in more deprived areas have more patients who suffer from multiple chronic physical and mental conditions, they do not receive more funding to meet clinical needs. The research, published in the British Journal of General Practice today, found that practices ...

13 Nov 2015

Health Secretary launches Academic Health Science Partnership in Tayside

Shona Robison MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport has launched the Academic Health Science Partnership in Tayside, marking a major new step forward in delivering world-class health research, education and services. The AHSP builds on the longstanding collaborations between the University of Dundee and NHS Tayside and is the first formal Academic Health Science Partnership in Scotland. It joins an international network of similar centres in the UK, Europe, USA and around the world. AHSP is jointly supported by the University, NHS Tayside and the Scottish Government.  Health Secretary...

Health Secretary launches Academic Health Science Partnership in Tayside

9 Nov 2015

‘Flourishing Communities and Productive Seas’ – Tuesday, 10th November

The first of three workshops to discuss how to involve communities in decisions about marine and coastal planning is being held in Dundee tomorrow. The ‘Flourishing Communities and Productive Seas’ event, organised by the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews, brings together a range of different disciplines, policy-makers and stakeholders to discuss what has been called ‘blue growth’. It takes place at Discovery Point from 9.30am-4.30pm. International experts will discuss how to navigate the complex legal and regulatory systems governing the marine environment and which has been de...

‘Flourishing Communities and Productive Seas’ – Tuesday, 10th November

30 Oct 2015

Researchers make technological breakthrough against potato cyst nematode

A new study by UK scientists has the potential to deal with roundworm infestation that costs the UK agricultural industry £50million a year. Potato cyst nematodes (PCN) are a significant threat to the UK fresh and processing potato markets, but the new study takes science a step closer towards managing the PCN problem by mapping different population “types” at scales from whole landscapes to areas within a field with unprecedented accuracy. Two species of PCN, G. rostochiensis and G. pallida,are responsible for most PCN-related losses in temperate potato growing regions. While the former ...

Researchers make technological breakthrough against potato cyst nematode

26 Oct 2015

Scientists discover a ‘switchboard’ of molecules that protect against Parkinson’s disease

A `switchboard’ of molecules that play a vital role in protecting the brain against Parkinson’s disease has been uncovered by a research team led by the University of Dundee. The discovery of these ‘switchboard’ molecules by scientists at the University’s Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit (MRC-PPU) solves a mystery of how different genetic causes of Parkinson’s are linked at the molecular level. Previous research had identified that mutations in a gene called PINK1 led to Parkinson’s. The PINK1 gene encodes for an important en...