22 Feb 2018

Study uncovers literacy challenge among teenagers due to lack of reading focus in secondary school

Reading habits of 29,524 Scottish young people analysed Secondary school pupils still lag behind primary in reading in relative terms David Walliams and Jeff Kinney among Scotland’s most-read authors, while Roald Dahl’s classics retain their popularity   A UK-wide study of children’s reading habits has found that Scottish secondary school pupils, like their peers in other countries, are not reading challenging enough books. The What Kids are Reading Report, analysed by the University of Dundee’s Professor Keith Topping, was written using data compiled by literacy and assessme...

Study uncovers literacy challenge among teenagers due to lack of reading focus in secondary school

7 Feb 2018

Dundee to share in £54 million funding

Health Data Research UK is awarding £30 million funding to six sites across the UK – with a further £24 million to be invested in upcoming activities – to address challenginghealthcare issues throughuse of data science. The University of Dundee is part of a Scottish collaboration forming one of the six centres. Each site has world-class expertise; a track record in using health data to derive new knowledge, scientific discovery and insight; and works in close partnership with NHS bodies and the public to translate research findings into benefits for patients and populations. From Ap...

Dundee to share in £54 million funding

7 Feb 2018

Scotland’s cereal connections Fellowship boost

Dundee’s position as an international hub for research into cereals – particularly barley – has been given a boost with the award of a grant which will create new connections with Australia. The award of a £150,000 from the Universities UK International Rutherford Fund Strategic Partner initiative will allow the University of Dundee to bring seven Early Career Researchers from Australia to Dundee for periods ranging from one to twelve months between March 2018 and March 2019. “This is another important step to firmly establishing Dundee as an international centre for cereal re...

Scotland’s cereal connections Fellowship boost

6 Feb 2018

Ageing immune system may explain age-related cancer risk increase

Study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests ageing immune system plays a larger role in cancer incidence than previously thought Findings may explain higher likelihood of men developing cancer than women This epidemiological research could have major implications for global fight against cancer if borne out by further studies The key to cancer prevention may lie in the immune system rather than genetic mutations, the current focus of most anti-cancer efforts across the world, according to a major new study carried out at the University of Dundee. Eight million people die ...

Ageing immune system may explain age-related cancer risk increase

2 Feb 2018

A decade of cancer prevention – what has emerged?

Billions of pounds have been spent on identifying modifiable factors that increase the risk of cancer. In theory it should be money well spent but only if we act upon the evidence to support people to have healthier lifestyles. To mark World Cancer Day, Scotland’s leading experts on the disease will meet next week to look at how cancer prevention can be more effectively delivered and promoted a decade after the landmark report which placed it at the centre of the healthcare agenda. The seventh annual Scottish Cancer Prevention Network (SCPN) conference takes place on Monday February 5 at Merchants Ha...

A decade of cancer prevention – what has emerged?