Dundee breakthrough in p53 cancer research

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 13:05

Scientists at the University of Dundee have made a significant breakthrough in understanding the activity of the p53 tumour suppressor, one of the most important molecules in cancer research.

The p53 protein was discovered by Professor Sir David Lane, formerly of the University of Dundee, and is one of the most widely studied factors in cancer research due to its role in a wide variety of cancers. Studies of p53, dating to its discovery in 1979 and its identification as a tumour suppressor...

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Tayside will trial bowel scope screening

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 09:05

Around 20,000 patients from the Tayside, Fife, Grampian and Greater Glasgow & Clyde NHS board areas will be offered bowel scope screening to determine whether it should be rolled out across the country.

Bowel scope screening is an innovative new way of detecting and preventing bowel cancer at its earliest stages. The bowel scope test helps detect polyps in the bowel that could eventually become cancerous earlier than they can be found with the current screening programme...

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Dundee cancer researcher wins at major international symposium

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 08:15

Lesley McLaughlin, a University of Dundee researcher in the Jacqui Wood Cancer Centre, was awarded best poster prize from among 200 presentations at the 2014 International Symposium on Microsomes & Drug Oxidations, held this year in Stuttgart, Germany.

Her poster demonstrated that,  in vitro and in vivo, the haemoprotein Cytochrome b5 can significantly affect the function of certain enzymes that are essential for drugs, including anti-cancer drugs, to function effectively.

"Some drugs, especially anti-cancer medications, have narrow therapeutic windows," explained Lesley. "It is often difficult to establish and maintain the balance between the...

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Ladies Day brings £40,000 boost for breast cancer research in Dundee

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 08:10

Visitors to Perth Racecourses’ recent ladies day and local businesses have helped to give a £40,000 boost to breast cancer research at the University of Dundee.

The Racecourse donated a percentage of ticket sales and sponsorship to Breakthrough Breast Cancer, while collections, raffles, auctions and other initiatives contributed to the day’s fundraising total of £20,612. This figure has been matched by an anonymous donor, meaning an amazing £41,224 has been...

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Sunscreen 'not complete protection' against skin cancer

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 08:45

According to the latest research, sunscreen alone should not be relied on to prevent malignant melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer, reports BBC.

The UK study backs public health campaigns calling for sunscreen to be combined with other ways to protect the skin from sun, such as hats and shade.

Animal research, published in Nature, reveals more about how UV light induces cancer in skin cells.

Malignant melanoma is the fifth most common cancer in the UK, with more than 13,000 people diagnosed each year.

Sun exposure is a well-known risk factor for melanoma skin cancer.

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