22 Apr 2015

`The Just War: The Morality and Ethics of Going to War’

Lord Guthrie, the UK’s former Chief of Defence, will return to his familial roots next week to give a public lecture at the University of Dundee on `The Just War: The Morality and Ethics of Going to War’. Lord Charles Guthrie of Craigiebank is a Field Marshal whose military career included service with the Welsh Guards and the Special Air Service. He was closely involved in military operations in Northern Ireland and provided advice to the British Government during the Bosnian War and the Kosovo War. He was Professional Head of the British Army between 1994 and 1997 and Chief of Defence fr...

22 Apr 2015

Study to establish bowel cancer `risk score’

Leading experts in bowel cancer screening at the University of Dundee are launching a research project to develop a new `risk score’ for patients that could lead to more effective identification of those at risk from the disease. The researchers say a practical risk assessment for GPs could lead to quicker diagnosis, save thousands of people every year from undergoing unnecessary colonoscopies, and save the NHS millions of pounds. Bob Steele, Professor of Surgery and Head of Cancer Research at the University of Dundee, said, “The idea is to try and develop a risk score for patients with bowel s...

21 Apr 2015

`Rising tide’ of drug prescriptions needs to addressed, says new study

A ‘rising tide’ in the use of prescribed medications and potentially serious drug interactions raises significant concerns of adverse drug reactions that need to be addressed, according to a new study published by researchers at the University of Dundee. A fifteen-year study of prescribing data for all 310,000 adults resident in the Tayside region of Scotland showed that, between 1995 and 2010, the proportion of adults being dispensed more than five drugs doubled to 20.8 per cent, and the proportion dispensed more than 10 drugs tripled to 5.8 per cent. Researchers say this rise in multiple drug...

20 Apr 2015

Café Science Extra - `Are you a chicken-flavoured nipple biscuit?'

Historically, highly educated scientists and their detractors have not been above throwing puerile abuse at each other, and it is not surprising that this continues in the digital age as this month’s Café Science Extra event will show. Dr Jonathan Mendel from the University of Dundee will be joined by Dr Hauke Riesch of Brunel University London to discuss the subject at Dundee Science Centre on Wednesday, 22nd April in a talk titled ‘Are you a chicken-flavoured nipple biscuit? Science blogs, comments and trolling’. Science blogging has been heralded as a means of improving how scie...

16 Apr 2015

Arctic expedition for artist Ellis

University of Dundee student Ellis O’Connor will boldly go where few people – and fewer artists – have gone before after being selected for a month-long residency in the Arctic. Ellis (23) graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, part of the University, last year and recently won the RSA Landscape Award at the prestigious New Contemporaries exhibition in Edinburgh. She has been selected by the Arctic Circle organisation to be one of ten artists from across the world to take part in the expedition around Svalbard in the High Arctic, where Polar Bears outnumber people...