15 Sep 2015

‘Molecular clock’ deciphered by Dundee researchers

Temporal control of a ‘molecular clock’ that plays a vital role in the embryonic development of the skeleton and skeletal musculature has been deciphered for the first time by researchers at the University of Dundee. Understanding the segmentation clock mechanism will aid in the identification of protective factors for normal spinal development ultimately creating a better understanding of ways to prevent and better treat various spinal conditions. The research has been led by Dr Kim Dale in the School of Life Sciences at Dundee in an inter-disciplinary collaboration with Dr Philip Murray from ...

‘Molecular clock’ deciphered by Dundee researchers

14 Sep 2015

Dystonia Society awards seed funding to Dundee researcher

Dr Tom Gilbertson, a Clinical Lecturer in Neurology at the University of Dundee, has been awarded £30,000 to carry out research into a disabling and currently incurable neurological condition that causes uncontrollable and sometimes painful muscle spasms. Around 70,000 people in the UK live with dystonia, and can experience difficulties with movement, eating, talking, writing, reading and sometimes even sitting up. The grant, awarded by the Dystonia Society, will fund a behavioural and imaging study in dystonic patients. Data from this project will then be used to support further applications for lar...

Dystonia Society awards seed funding to Dundee researcher

9 Sep 2015

Dundee lends eHealth expertise to Europe-wide hypertension project

The University of Dundee is contributing its internationally renowned expertise in eHealth and informatics to a major Europe-wide research project to improve diagnosis and therapeutic care for primary and secondary forms of arterial hypertension. ENS@T-HT is a five-year European H2020 research project, co-ordinated by Paris-based Inserm, created to tackle these issues. It has funds of up €7.6m and involves 13 academic institutions from France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Australia, and the United Kingdom, including the University of Dundee. Hypertension affects up to 45% of the general population...

7 Sep 2015

Dundee contributing to €50m programme to develop new antibiotic treatments for cystic fibrosis and bronchiectasis

The University of Dundee is contributing to a €50 million, Europe-wide, project to develop new drugs that could improve the lives of patients with cystic fibrosis and bronchiectasis. The iABC (inhaled Antibiotics in Bronchiectasis and Cystic Fibrosis) consortium, which is made up of world-leading lung specialists from across Europe, will develop new ‘inhaled antibiotics’ to alleviate the symptoms of chronic lung infection, the main cause of disease and death in patients with cystic fibrosis and bronchiectasis. The new antibiotics, which are to be trialled over a five year period and are be...

31 Aug 2015

Slower melting ice cream in pipeline, thanks to new ingredient

Childhood memories of sticky hands from melting ice cream cones could soon become obsolete, thanks to a new food ingredient. Scientists have discovered a naturally occurring protein that can be used to create ice cream that is more resistant to melting than conventional products. The protein binds together the air, fat and water in ice cream, creating a super-smooth consistency. The new ingredient could enable ice creams to keep frozen for longer in hot weather. It could also prevent gritty ice crystals from forming, ensuring a fine, smooth texture like those of luxury ice creams. The development could all...