29 Sep 2015

£1.1million AI grant to mine arguments and analyse opinion

University of Dundee researchers are to bring the work of ancient Greek and Roman scholars together with cutting-edge technology to solve an Artificial Intelligence challenge that offers potentially huge benefits for stock market analysts, academics, the PR industry and political parties. They have been awarded funding for a project worth more than £1.1million by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to develop new tools to carry out argument mining, a relatively new field of AI and one regarded as having exceptional academic, commercial and cultural potential. They will work...

£1.1million AI grant to mine arguments and analyse opinion

24 Sep 2015

CAHID reveal some of the mysteries of 9,000-year-old decapitation

The University of Dundee’s Centre for Anatomy and Human identification (CAHID) have helped archaeologists understand more about the oldest case of decapitation ever found in the New World. André Strauss from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology was excavating the Lapa do Santo site in eastern Brazil when he struck upon a head buried under a rock. The rest of the skeleton never materialised but Strauss slowly uncovered the disembodied skull and hands, partially crushed as a result of being buried for thousands of years. The remains have been dated to around 9,000 years ol...

CAHID reveal some of the mysteries of 9,000-year-old decapitation

23 Sep 2015

Two medicines prove more effective than one for the initial treatment of high blood pressure

A team of researchers, including the University of Dundee’s Professor Tom MacDonald, have shown that starting treatment for hypertension with two medicines at the same time rather than one can significantly reduce blood pressure and may cut the subsequent risk of strokes and heart attacks. The British Hypertension Society Research Network of academic researchers, led by Professor Morris Brown from the University of Cambridge, Professor Bryan Williams from University College London and Professor MacDonald, carried out the PATHWAY-1 Study to examine the effect of giving patients two medicines commonly ...

Two medicines prove more effective than one for the initial treatment of high blood pressure

21 Sep 2015

Fifty-year-old drug could revolutionise blood pressure treatment

A drug that has been used for over 50 years as a diuretic could revolutionise treatment of resistant hypertension, according to research published today in the Lancet. In as many as 10 per cent of patients with high blood pressure it is difficult to control blood pressure even when 3 or more drugs are used together. These patients have what doctors call “resistant hypertension” and are known to be at particularly high risk of stroke and heart attack. Now British researchers have found that adding the drug spironolactone, which was first developed in 1959 as a diuretic, is substantially more eff...

Fifty-year-old drug could revolutionise blood pressure treatment

16 Sep 2015

University looks east with Memorandum of Understanding

The University of Dundee has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Management and Science University in Malaysia that will see the institutions explore future learning and research links. A delegation from the Kuala Lumpur-based MSU visited Dundee to sign the agreement after touring the campus and hearing about the leading-edge research and teaching taking place at the University’s Medical School. It is hoped the MoU will lead to future research collaborations as well as students enjoying international exchange programmes. Wendy Alexander, Vice-Principal (International) at the University, sai...

University looks east with Memorandum of Understanding