22 Oct 2015

Blood pressure tablets offer radiotherapy protection for prostate cancer patients

Blood pressure medication could help protect men from complications arising from radiotherapy for prostate cancer, a new study by researchers at the University of Dundee has found. Radiotherapy is an established treatment for cancer which has been confined to the prostate gland. However, the treatment can cause collateral damage to other parts of the colorectal region. This can result in bleeding and increased toilet visits and has also been observed to be a risk factor for other colorectal cancers. Ghulam Nabi and colleagues in the School of Medicine at Dundee analysed outcomes for over 300 patients who h...

21 Oct 2015

`Devil Take the Hindmost’ – and £10,000 Dundee International Book Prize

The winner of the Dundee International Book Prize 2015 has been announced as Martin Cathcart Froden, for his debut novel “Devil Take The Hindmost”. Martin receives a prize of £10,000 and a publishing deal with Freight Books after emerging from an intensely competitive field of almost 500 entries. “I am absolutely over the moon!” said an elated Martin. “Winning the Dundee International Book Prize is a dream come true. It's one of those life-changing surprises. I am so, so happy.” Originally from Sweden, Martin has lived in Canada, Israel, Argenti...

20 Oct 2015

Maker Speed Dater looks to link Dundee creatives and businesses

Maker Speed Dater is an exciting new initiative that aims to bring together manufacturers and designers, to encourage innovative change - and to make exciting new products happen. It comes to Dundee this Thursday and local manufacturers and businesses are invited to take part. Make Works, a Scottish factory-finding platform for artists, designers and makers has teamed up with Creative Dundee to bring Maker Speed Dater to the city. Professor Mike Press, of the University of Dundee, is hosting the event which will take place at Drouthy’s on Perth Road.  This unique event p...

20 Oct 2015

Research highlights the role of genes in eczema

Researchers including Dr Sara Brown and Professor Irwin McLean from the University of Dundee have discovered 10 new genetic variants that help determine which people will develop eczema, highlighting potential new targets for therapeutic research. In the largest genetic study of eczema in the world to date, a group of international researchers led by Dr Lavinia Paternoster from the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit at the University of Bristol, has combined data on 377,000 participants involved in 40 research studies worldwide, including Bristol-based Children of the 90s (ALSPAC). The team used a technique...

20 Oct 2015

Ramsay and Berry to Bake Off for Dundee Botanic Garden

Gordon Ramsay and Mary Berry are set to go head to head later this month at a special bake-off designed to raise money for Dundee’s Botanic Garden. The contestants are, however, not the well-known stars of culinary television but rather employees of the University of Dundee who decided to host the fundraiser by stepping into roles more commonly associated with their famous namesakes. Gordon works for the University’s Alumni & Development team while Mary is a member of the IT department. They will be joined by Northern Irish television chef and world award-winning food author James McIntosh,...