10 Aug 2016

Research supports targeting enzyme group to treat autoimmune diseases

New research from the University of Dundee has shown that targeting a specific group of enzymes could be a viable strategy for treating autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis and multiple sclerosis, which affect millions of people. Autoimmune diseases develop when the immune system, which defends the body against disease, is convinced that our healthy cells are foreign. As a result, the immune system then attacks the healthy cells. Researchers led by Dr Simon Arthur in the School of Life Sciences at Dundee examined the way that a drug called dimethylfumarate (DMF), which is licensed in the UK as Tecfidera, ...

Research supports targeting enzyme group to treat autoimmune diseases

10 Aug 2016

Dundee research explains drug resistance in ovarian cancer

Scientists at the University of Dundee have uncovered important information about how ovarian cancer becomes resistant to certain treatments. The researchers found that a gene called ABCB1, which is known to play a role in resistance to the chemotherapy drug paclitaxel in ovarian cancers, also causes resistance to other ovarian cancer treatments. Women with ovarian cancer are commonly treated with a combination of carboplatin and paclitaxel, but if their cancer stops responding, doctors need other options. For many women, particularly those with faults in their BRCA genes, a new family of drugs called PARP...

Dundee research explains drug resistance in ovarian cancer

10 Aug 2016

Record levels of student satisfaction see Dundee ranked in UK’s top 10

  Dundee rises seven places in 2016 poll Ranked number one in the UK for Personal Development DUSA once again top students’ union in Scotland   The University of Dundee has been ranked 8th in the UK in the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS) after receiving its highest ever scores in the survey. The University recorded overall satisfaction of 91 per cent, up one per cent on last year and well above the sector average of 86 per cent. This figure represents Dundee’s best ever NSS result and led to a seven-place rise in the UK league table, while Dundee University Students’ Associ...

Record levels of student satisfaction see Dundee ranked in UK’s top 10

3 Aug 2016

‘Take me to the Bridge!’ marks 50 years across the Tay

The University of Dundee’s Gair Dunlop has brought together work from local artists and writers for a publication marking the Tay Road Bridge’s upcoming 50th anniversary. Irreverent yet celebratory , ‘Take me to the Bridge!’ is a 24-page artists’ newspaper enabling members of Dundee and Fife’s creative community, including several writers and artists from the University, to explore what the bridge means to them and the region. Contents include Eddie Summerton’s investigation of rumours of royal skulduggery, Janice Aitken speculating that a well-known Japanese monst...

‘Take me to the Bridge!’ marks 50 years across the Tay

2 Aug 2016

Appendix and tonsil removals lead to higher pregnancy rates, study shows

Women who have their appendix or tonsils removed when they are young are more likely to get pregnant, and do so sooner, than the rest of the population, a new study led by the University of Dundee has shown. The study examined the anonymised medical records of hundreds of thousands of women in the United Kingdom. Pregnancy rates were significantly higher among those who had had an appendectomy (54.4%), tonsillectomy (53.4%) or both (59.7%) than those in the rest of the population (43.7%). Time to pregnancy was also shortest among those who had both an appendectomy and tonsillectomy, followed by appendectom...

Appendix and tonsil removals lead to higher pregnancy rates, study shows