3 Feb 2015

Cancer experts challenged to make meetings healther

Scotland’s leading experts on cancer will be challenged to make meetings healthier and help practice what they preach when they meet for the annual Scottish Cancer Prevention Network conference on Wednesday February 4th, World Cancer Day. The SCPN is launching the `Healthy meetings in 10 lines’ initiative at the conference, which aims to encourage meetings organisers in all walks of life to make meetings healthier. “We want people to promote healthier meetings and demonstrate that there is no need to sit for hours on end and then be presented with sausage rolls and crisps for lunch,&...

2 Feb 2015

ALFIE asking for over-65s to boost research

Over-65’s in Tayside are being asked to help researchers aiming to find out if a commonly used drug, normally given for treating gout, could boost muscle strength and give a better quality of life in later years. Allopurinol is a medicine which doctors have been prescribing for over 50 years, normally for the treatment of gout. However, research has indicated that allopurinol may also be able to improve the amount of oxygen available in leg muscles. A research team at the University of Dundee want to see if allopurinol does offer a significant boost for muscle strength. They are looking for around 12...

2 Feb 2015

Bee brains and colony health jeopardised by pesticide exposure

Research at the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews has confirmed that levels of neonicotinoid insecticides accepted to exist in agriculture cause both impairment of bumblebees’ brain cells and subsequent poor performance by bee colonies. The contribution of the neonicotinoids to the global decline of insect pollinators is controversial and contested by many in the agriculture industry. However, the new research, published in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, demonstrates for the first time that the low levels found in the nectar and pollen of plants is s...

Bee brains and colony health jeopardised by pesticide exposure

30 Jan 2015

University Innovation Portal helps attract Cellexus to Dundee

The University of Dundee’s Innovation Portal  has played a key role in helping an emergent life sciences company relocate to Dundee from England. Cellexus cited Scotland's reputation as a life sciences hub as well as strong links with academia and the NHS as it moved operations from Cambridgeshire to Dundee. The innovative business also received £250,000 of equity funding from the Scottish Investment Bank, the investment arm of Scottish Enterprise. Bob Cumming, Director of Cellexus, said the company chose Dundee over other life science hubs in Scotland as it is already doing development wo...

30 Jan 2015

Illustrating the potential at pop-up store

Final-year Illustration students from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD) will tomorrow use at a pop-up shop in Dundee city centre to raise money for their Degree Show. The students will be selling work at the pop-up shop hosted by Time Lifestyle Boutique in Reform Street from 12-4pm on Saturday, 31st January. The money they raise will be used to purchase materials for the flagship exhibition in May. Time Lifestyle Boutique champions local designers wherever possible and owner Nicola Donnelly says she is keen to support all creative ambassadors for a city undergoing cultural development...

Illustrating the potential at pop-up store