15 Jun 2017

‘Foot in the door’ in precision medicine for oesophageal cancer

Scientists at the Universities of Dundee and Aberdeen have established a `foot in the door’ in finding new, precision treatments for patients with oesophageal cancer, one of the hardest forms of the disease to treat. A decade of work led by Professor Russell Petty, Chair of Medical Oncology in the University of Dundee School of Medicine, and involving colleagues at Dundee and the University of Aberdeen, has now produced a genetic diagnostic test relating to a class of drugs that can extend and improve quality of life for some patients. By identifying which patients will benefit from being treated wit...

‘Foot in the door’ in precision medicine for oesophageal cancer

14 Jun 2017

Yogesh Kulathu awarded Lister Research Prize Fellowship

The University of Dundee’s Dr Yogesh Kulathu has received a coveted £200,000 prize after being identified as one of the brightest emerging stars in the field of biomedical research. Dr Kulathu has been awarded a Lister Research Prize Fellowship. These prestigious and highly sought-after prizes are given annually by the Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine to up to five young researchers in the UK and are intended to help support and nurture future research leaders. The prize may be used in any appropriate way to support the holder’s research, other than the provision or augmentation of...

Yogesh Kulathu awarded Lister Research Prize Fellowship

13 Jun 2017

Cerebral palsy champion calls for end to care gap

A University of Dundee PhD student has called upon the Scottish Government to develop and provide funding for a clinical pathway and services for adults with cerebral palsy (CP). Rachael Wallace from Alyth, who has suffered from the condition since birth, has petitioned the Scottish Parliament to improve the care for adults with CP. She is also calling for patients to contact her with their own experiences. Rachael, 26, who is studying for her PhD in Disability and Employment Law, said, “Cerebral palsy affects 15,000 people in Scotland, so it is not a local health board issue but a national issu...

Cerebral palsy champion calls for end to care gap

12 Jun 2017

‘Big Data’ resource raises possibility of research revolution

A group of UK scientists led by the University of Dundee have demonstrated how aggregating image data from laboratories all around the world has the potential to revolutionise scientific research. A team headed by Professor Jason Swedlow in the University’s School of Life Sciences has built the Image Data Resource (IDR), a public database that collects and integrates imaging data related to experiments published in leading scientific journals. This means that ‘Big Data’ from imaging experiments conducted by scientists all over the world that were previously too large and difficult to shar...

‘Big Data’ resource raises possibility of research revolution

8 Jun 2017

Sunlight discovery could be key to pre-cancerous skin condition treatment

The Great British Weather is among the nation’s favourite subjects of debate, mainly concerned with the perceived lack of sunshine, something which is easy to understand during a wet start to June. But it turns out, according to a research study led by the University of Dundee, even the sunlight we do get is enough to act as an effective medical treatment. Daylight Photodynamic Treatment is a technique which is increasingly being used in countries across Europe and in Australia. It uses visible light from the sun as the source of treatment. During treatment, patients wear sunscreen to protect themsel...

Sunlight discovery could be key to pre-cancerous skin condition treatment