10 Aug 2015

Unravelling the genetics of diabetic neuropathic pain

Research from the University of Dundee could one day help identify which diabetic patients are most likely to experience neuropathic pain and how best to treat them by studying their genetic make-up. Neuropathic pain, caused by a lesion or a disease affecting the nervous system, is one of the most common complications of diabetes, currently affecting around 1 in 4 diabetic patients in the UK. The condition presents itself differently from patient to patient, ranging from constant burning pain to intermittent sharp, shooting pains, but is chronic and debilitating and greatly impairs the quality of life of t...

Unravelling the genetics of diabetic neuropathic pain

6 Aug 2015

‘Loo Tour de Britain’ changing facility opens in Arbroath

A new Changing Places facility will open in Arbroath tomorrow thanks to the fundraising efforts of local man Grant Speed and his supporters. In July 2014 Grant took part in a gruelling, five-day 370 mile cycle and raised £10,624 towards a facility for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities in his hometown with Angus council contributing the remaining amount needed to complete the work. Grant has seen first-hand the difficulties his sister Lois faces finding suitable toilet and changing facilities when she takes her son and daughter, Kien and Kelsey, out for the day. Inspired by the w...

‘Loo Tour de Britain’ changing facility opens in Arbroath

6 Aug 2015

Dundee iGEM team to develop forensic `toolkit’

A team of students from the University of Dundee are developing a forensic `toolkit’ that will allow investigators to determine the age of fingerprints, detect traces of steel on bone from stabbings, and produce a biosensitive spray that can reveal traces of bodily fluids at crime scenes. The project is this year’s Dundee contribution to the iGEM competition, a global challenge for students. iGEM – the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition – asks students to tackle a real world problem by designing and building a new device or system from a kit of biological parts...

5 Aug 2015

Graduate nominated for book award

Oliver Langmead, a graduate of the Creative Writing programme at the University of Dundee, has been shortlisted for The Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize 2015. His debut novel, Dark Star, is one of six books in contention for the award following a public vote on the best new texts of the past year. The judging panel will now pore over the shortlisted entries and decide on a winner of the prize. Oliver (26) graduated with distinction from the MLitt in Writing Practice and Study programme at Dundee in 2013 having previously obtained a law degree from the University. Originally from Edinburgh, he now live...

Graduate nominated for book award

5 Aug 2015

Chinese healthcare to benefit from expertise of Scottish partners

Clinical staff and managers from China’s leading alliance of healthcare companies are to receive support and training from two of Scotland’s most prominent universities. The University of Edinburgh and the University of Dundee – both of which provide world-class medical research and teaching – have signed an agreement with the Strategic Alliance for the Medical & Healthcare Industry of China (SAMHIC). The signing of the agreement took place in Shanghai and was witnessed by Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, who was heading a Scottish Government trade mission to Ch...