20 Dec 2016

Biomarker found for bronchiectasis chest infections

A study conducted by the University of Dundee has shown for the first time that a simple test can predict chest infections before they occur in patients with bronchiectasis, a common lung condition which affects people of all ages and leads to thousands of hospital admissions every year in the UK. Bronchiectasis is a long-term chronic condition where the airways of the lungs become abnormally widened, leading to a build-up of excess mucus that can make the lungs more vulnerable to infection. Patients can suffer from a persistent cough and breathlessness as well as persistent chest infections. The condition...

Biomarker found for bronchiectasis chest infections

19 Dec 2016

Professor Irwin McLean recognised for skin disease research

The University of Dundee’s Professor Irwin McLean, one of the world’s leading authorities on skin diseases, has been elected as a Member of the Academia Europaea. Members of the prestigious organisation comprise scientists and scholars from across Europe collectively aiming to promote learning, education and research. Members include 52 Nobel Laureates, several of whom were elected to the Academia before receiving the prize. Irwin McLean is Professor of Human Genetics at the University’s School of Life Sciences. His research group has identified the faulty genes that cause dozens of hered...

Professor Irwin McLean recognised for skin disease research

14 Dec 2016

New study testing the delivery of the best asthma treatment based on genetics

A study by researchers from across the UK is aiming to discover whether treating asthmatic children according to their genetic status can improve their quality of life by reducing hospitalisations, missed school days and other problems caused by the disease. Previous studies have shown that 100,000 young people are routinely prescribed an asthma controller medication called salmeterol, which can offer little benefit to some of them. Young volunteers are now being sought for the Personalised Medicine for Asthma Control (PACT) study developed by researchers at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS), toget...

New study testing the delivery of the best asthma treatment based on genetics

14 Dec 2016

Shanghai showcase for Scottish video art

The second phase of a major Chinese showcase of Scotland’s internationally renowned contemporary art scene, led by the University of Dundee’s Cooper Gallery, opens this weekend. Phase Two of ‘CURRENT: Contemporary Art from Scotland’ opens at Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum on Saturday, 17th December. It takes place during the Shanghai Biennial, the biggest arts event of its kind in Asia which is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world. CURRENT comprises exhibitions and other events featuring more than 50 artists over a two-year period and is co-curat...

Shanghai showcase for Scottish video art

12 Dec 2016

‘Innovation’ – 12th Annual Culture Day

Innovation and how it impacts on our daily lives – from the works of Pythagoras and HG Wells, to the weather and cinema – will be explored at the University of Dundee’s 12th annual Culture Day next week. The Culture Day presents a wide ranging series of talks from scientists, historians, curators and others, all examining this year’s theme of `Innovation’. The event takes place in the University Tower Building on Wednesday 14th December and is open to students, staff and the public. Organised by the University’s Culture and Arts Committee, the Culture Day has proved popu...

‘Innovation’ – 12th Annual Culture Day