11 May 2015

Hippotherapy study looks to help children with cerebral palsy

Can horse riding reduce the effects of spasticity in the limbs of children with cerebral palsy? A medical student at the University of Dundee has embarked on a research study with a local riding school to see whether patients can gain significant benefits from therapeutic horse riding, known as Hippotherapy. Student Janie Giraudon has been working with the Brae Riding School in Dundee to see if there are any positive changes in pressure distribution in children with Cerebral Palsy during therapeutic horse riding. Her research is examining whether muscle spasticity is reduced due to Hippotherapy. This invol...

15 Apr 2015

Transforming the health of mothers and babies through research

The University of Dundee’s Mother and Infant Research Unit will next month celebrate how  research in midwifery and maternity care is improving the care of women and babies globally, with a particular focus on Scotland’s contribution. The 2015 Transforming Midwifery and Maternity Care Through Research conference takes place at Apex City Quay Hotel on Wednesday, 13th May. The programme will include experts in midwifery and maternity care from across the globe, including the World Health Organisation, Yale University, and the University of Toronto. They will explore topics ranging from lesso...

Transforming the health of mothers and babies through research

14 Apr 2015

Bacterial raincoat discovery paves way to better crop protection

Fresh insights into how bacteria protect themselves – by forming a waterproof raincoat – could help develop improved products to protect plants from disease. Researchers from the Universities of Dundee and Edinburgh believe Their insights could lead to ways to control this shield and improve its efficiency, which could help curb the risk of unwanted infections in agricultural or garden plants. The team studied the protective film formed by the common soil bacterium Bacillus subtilis, that is used as an ecologically friendly fertiliser. They found the riancoat incorporates proteins that change s...

Bacterial raincoat discovery paves way to better crop protection

10 Apr 2015

Watching the Primitive Streak

Researchers at the University of Dundee have developed hugely powerful new microscopy techniques which can fully visualise a key stage in the development of embryos for the first time. Determining the mechanisms behind the early development of embryos is key to understanding the causes of many birth defects as well as disease in later life. One of the earliest and most critical stages in embryo development is gastrulation, which in mammals, birds and reptiles is characterised by the formation of the primitive streak. Gastrulation results in the establishment of the main body axes and is accompanied by exte...

Watching the Primitive Streak

1 Apr 2015

BBSRC Innovation Award for Professor Andrew Hopkins

Professor Andrew Hopkins, of the College of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee, has been named Commercial Innovator of the Year at the BBSRC (Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council) 2015 Innovator of the Year Awards. Professor Hopkins won the award at a ceremony in London last night (March 31st).  He was nominated for his pioneering work in algorithmic drug design. Andrew is the founder and CEO of ex scientia, a University of Dundee spin-out company which is pioneering medicines tailored to polypharmacology for a wide range of human diseases where improved efficacy is required. ...