Another week, another new Audi. Two new Audis, in fact. The German car maker has announced a couple more additions to its Q line up of SUVs. The Q4 is a coupe-SUV hybrid that will go up against the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe. As its name suggests, it’ll be positioned between the compact Q3 and bigger Q5. At the other end of the scale is the Q8, which will go head to head against the Range Rover. It’s lower and sleeker than the Q7 Audi is also producing. In concept form, it sat only four people, although it seems likely the production version will be a five seater. There’s a 630 litre boot as well. Eagle eyed Audi followers will notice the only SUV slots left to fill are the Q1 and Q6. Watch this space...
A national charity investing £10 million creating a national tissue bank that will advance breast cancer research has chosen Dundee as a key location for the development. The city already has a well-established tissue bank at Ninewells Hospital that has been gathering samples for use in local research since 1997. Now, along with three other centres, experts from Dundee University and NHS Tayside will work together to run the UK's first national tissue bank, making samples available to researchers across the country. This coalition of centres will store breast tissue samples donated by patients throughout the country safely and consistently, and will be available to scientists in the UK and Ireland. There is not such a large resource of breast tissues like this available to scientists and doctors anywhere in the world. Historically access to suitable materials for research has been completely dependent on a scientist's location and contacts, according to Breast Cancer Campaign, the charity funding the national tissue bank with support from Asda's Tickled Pink campaign. The charity said the situation had been "a major barrier" to translating research into potential new treatments and, in the long term, saving lives. From tissue samples researchers will be able to glean vital but anonymous information about the patient, the characteristics of their cancer, family history, treatments and, over time, their effectiveness and whether the disease progresses or recurs. Professor Alastair Thompson is chairman of the Tissue Bank Management Board and professor of surgical oncology at Dundee University. He said, "The importance of the Breast Cancer Campaign Tissue Bank to both scientists and people with breast cancer cannot be underestimated. We really appreciate the support of the women and men of Tayside and north-east Fife who have long been supporters of tissue banking. "This revolutionary, national approach to tissue banking will ensure that research is fast-tracked from laboratory advances into clinical practice. In the coming years we will see the benefits for people with breast cancer, as research using tissues from the bank will lead to better prevention, earlier diagnosis and improved treatments which have the potential to save the lives of many thousands of people." The tissue bank is expected to cost £10 million over the next five years. Staff and customers of Asda raised over £1 million last year through the Tickled Pink campaign, part of the supermarket chain's commitment to the bank. In addition a grant of £1 million from breast cancer charity Walk the Walk has recently been awarded to the initiative as part of its long-term support of breast cancer causes. Asda chief financial officer Judith McKenna said, "The launch of this pioneering tissue bank is only possible because of the continued support we receive from customers and colleagues. We would like to thank everyone for their hard work and dedication over the past 15 years. "We hope this will play a significant role in helping the thousands of people who are diagnosed with breast cancer each year." Walk the Walk founder and chief executive Nina Barough said, "Our goal is to fund vital breast cancer research where we know it will make a huge difference to the lives of people with breast cancer. The Breast Cancer Campaign Tissue Bank undoubtedly fulfils this criterion and we are hugely excited to be awarding a grant to this groundbreaking project."
‘What we’re doing will make a difference’ The Courier is proud to back the Jacqui Wood Cancer Centre
The Courier is delighted to support the Ninewells Cancer Campaign which hopes to raise £2 million over the next year to create The Jacqui Wood Cancer Centre. In the first of a three-part special, Caroline Lindsay meets those behind the fundraising appeal. A new centre on the Ninewells Hospital campus is to be named after Jacqui Wood. The centre will house more than 150 research scientists, working closely with clinicians to improve cancer treatment and our understanding of the disease. Jacqui, who died in May 2011 after a long battle with cancer, led the Ninewells Cancer Campaign for 20 years and during that time raised an incredible £17 million to support cancer research and treatment at Ninewells. The Jacqui Wood Cancer Centre will be housed in a five-floor building on the Ninewells site and will fulfil Jacqui's wish that Dundee should continue to further develop close ties between the research scientists and clinicians, which will undoubtedly result in improved treatments for cancer patients. The special appeal in her memory, run entirely by volunteers, is to raise £2 million to create an outstanding research centre and to attract even more world-class research scientists to Dundee. Lady Fiona Fraser has succeeded her friend and colleague as chairwoman of the campaign and is delighted that £700,000 has already been raised. ''I love the fact that what we're doing will make a difference as we all have friends and relatives who have suffered from cancer. I'm proud of the fact that this is a local charity every penny is being spent in Dundee and it's a unique local charity,'' she said. ''I'm also very proud of the importance of Dundee in the cancer field it is world-renowned and it will be hugely exciting to have an actual cancer research centre. It will be an iconic building and will guarantee the long-term future of dedicated cancer research and treatment.'' The amount raised so far comes from legacies, fundraising, individual donations as well as those from clubs and groups and charitable trust and funeral donations. Lady Fraser is keen to stress that any sum raised, however large or small, is a massive help and very welcome. ''We do appreciate major donations, but we are also so grateful for the support we receive from the local community,'' Lady Fraser said. ''If anyone reading this would like to organise an event, we'd be delighted to hear from them and we also have sponsor forms for anyone who wants to raise money that way.'' A key way to donate is text giving: you simply donate anything from £1 to £10 by text message. Just enter the code NHCC50 followed by a space and then the amount in pounds to 70070. Events from which the appeal will benefit include Forfar's Marafun, a ladies' golf tournament at Kingennie, a fashion show organised by the Montrose Inner Wheel, a collection for the appeal during the interval at the Proms at Glamis in August and a dance at the Invercarse Hotel. Dundee Rotary Club has recently donated £2,500 and, like The Courier, is keen to be with the appeal every step of the way. Ninewells Cancer Campaign's aim is to raise the £2 million pounds within the year. ''I don't underestimate that ambition but it would be great if we can achieve £2 million within that timescale,'' Lady Fraser said. With 'Help Dennis Beat the Menace' as the logo, the message is simple the sole aim of the appeal is to beat cancer. The last word belongs to Jacqui's husband Aubrey, vice-chairman of the appeal: ''I am sure Jacqui would have been very enthusiastic about the centre and would have worked hard to raise the money, although, knowing Jacqui, she would have pulled back from having it named after her. "Jacqui was always so proud of the fact that every single penny raised was spent in Dundee and no-one was ever paid or claimed expenses.'' To find out more, call 01382 385102 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.In Tuesday's Courier: Dr Colin Fleming, consultant dermatologist at Ninewells, describes how the appeal has benefited his department, and we meet a former skin cancer sufferer
The Ninewells Cancer Campaign has reached another major funding milestone - bringing the total raised over the past 25 years to £22 million. The campaign has successfully concluded its appeal to raise £2 million in order to kit out the Jacqui Wood Centre at Ninewells Hospital. Named in memory of Dr Jacqui Wood, who chaired the campaign from its formation in 1991 to her death in 2011, the centre aims to turn groundbreaking cancer research into effective treatments for patients. The Ninewells Cancer Campaign was launched as a a one-off campaign to raise funds for a CAT scanner but has now raised more than £22 million to help in the fight against cancer. Professor Russell Petty said: “It is a testament to the high regard of the campaign that so many people have helped us reach our most recent target. “Having a leading clinical cancer research programme allows us to make the very latest breakthrough cancer medicines available to patients. "We also aim to work ever more closely with our world-leading scientists in the University of Dundee to translate their scientific advances into new more effective cancer treatments. "Together this ensures that the cancer treatment we provide in Dundee remains at the cutting edge.” Lady Fiona Fraser, chair of the campaign, said: “This is a wonderful achievement. "This campaign continues to grow after 20 years and we have well exceeded expectation. "Once again we are humbled by the marvellous support shown by so many around Tayside and beyond.” Since 1991, the campaign has supported the development of the latest research laboratories and recruitment of key scientists to drive forward cancer research programmes in the University and NHS Tayside. Funds have been used to support many ambitious projects including establishment of the £5.3 million Princess Alexandra Cancer Treatment Centre , the Department of Surgery and Molecular Oncology (£4 million), the Pat McPherson Centre for Pharmacogenomics and Pharmacogenetics (£1.5 million), as well as to create and equip the Jacqui Wood Cancer Centre on Dundee University's medical school at Ninewells Hospital. The latest fundraising milestone was marked by a public lecture from Professor Russell Petty, chair of medical oncology, on developing new medicines for hard to treat cancers.
The woman who was the public face of the Ninewells Cancer Campaign for two decades is to be given a fitting memorial. A new centre on the Ninewells Hospital campus that will house more than 100 clinicians and scientists working together to improve cancer treatment and understanding of the disease is to be named after Dr Jacqui Wood. Dr Wood, who died in May after a long battle with cancer, led the campaign that raised more than £17 million to support cancer research and treatment in Dundee. Her widower Aubrey says his wife would have been enthusiastic about the new project but reluctant to see her name in the limelight. Gone, but not forgotten, Jacqui continues to spur people to donate money to the appeal in which she invested so much time and effort. Now a new appeal is being launched to raise £2 million to kit out the building that will bear her name and attract more scientists to work there. Mr Wood said: ''I do think calling it the Jacqui Wood Centre will help enormously with raising the money needed. So many people have been enthusiastic about Jacqui and what she has done over the years. ''I am sure Jacqui would have been enthusiastic about the centre, though she would have pulled back from putting her name on it. She would have raised money for it. ''Even with her gone, money continues to come in regularly. I think people will get enthusiastic about this new appeal.'' He stressed that every penny raised is spent in Dundee and those involved are all volunteers. Nobody is paid any expenses. Dundee University took the decision to name the new centre focusing on cancer research after Dr Wood. The Jacqui Wood Centre will bring to fruition her long-held vision to locate the medical school's clinical and laboratory research work on cancer in a single location. Professor John Connell, dean of the university's school of medicine, said: ''I am particularly pleased that we can honour the memory of Jacqui in this way, as she did so much to support cancer research in Dundee. She would, I am sure, have been delighted that we now have a physical location for our very best cancer research. ''This is an outstanding opportunity for the medical school to build its research that bridges the gap between bedside and laboratory bench.'' The Jacqui Wood Centre will be housed in a five-floor building next to the university's Clinical Research Centre on the Ninewells site. It will house more than 100 clinicians and scientists. Professor Roland Wolf, director of the Medical Research Institute at the university, said bringing all of the cancer researchers into close proximity would bring a new urgency and focus to the studies being carried out at Dundee. ''This centre will provide a major platform that will allow us to create a step change in our cancer research capability. The co-location of more than 100 clinicians and scientists generates real energy and increases our critical mass in this key area of research,'' said Professor Wolf. ''I am very optimistic that this will allow us to recruit even more world-class research scientists to Dundee.'' The Ninewells Cancer Campaign will launch a new fundraising drive in honour of Mrs Wood, and some of the funds raised will help with costs to make the centre fully operational. The total target of £2 million will also allow the medical school to attract new staff to build research capacity. Lady Fiona Fraser, who succeeded Dr Wood as chairwoman of the Ninewells Cancer Campaign, said: ''The special appeal to complete and name such a prestigious building after Jacqui will be a very fitting and lasting tribute to her memory and all she has done for cancer research at Ninewells. ''It will give the Ninewells Cancer Campaign a focus for fundraising in the future and continue Jacqui's wish to keep Dundee and Ninewells on the international stage for the benefit of patients.'' NHS Tayside chief executive Gerry Marr said: ''This is a fitting tribute to Dr Jacqui Wood, who worked tirelessly spearheading the Ninewells Cancer Campaign, helping Dundee gain its reputation as a world-renowned centre for cancer research and treatment, and improving the lives of cancer patients immensely.'' Anyone wishing to make a donation to the appeal should make it payable to ''Ninewells Cancer Campaign'' and send to Ninewells Cancer Campaign, 1 Cross Row, University of Dundee, Dundee DD1 4HN.
A dream came true for a brave Perth girl fighting cancer when she met her pop idols Little Mix. Lily Douglas met the band at their concert at Dundee's Slessor Gardens on Thursday, when the group played in front of 11,000 people. It was a moment of magic for the St John's Academy Primary pupil as Lily and her family got a prime view of Little Mix by being close to the stage, and it will be an event to remember as she continues her treatment after being diagnosed with stage four Ewing's Sarcoma - a form of bone cancer. Her mother, Jane, said: "The girls in Little Mix were great with Lily and gave her a goodie bag. We were right at the front of the stage and even got a few waves from the girls as they performed." https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/dundee/459704/video-lot-love-little-mix-dundee-tonight/ Friends of the family posted messages on social media after seeing a photograph of Lily with Little Mix. Sharon Neil said: "That beautiful smile just melts your heart - wonderful memories for you sweetheart." And Denise Cruickshanks added: "Look at Lily's smile - brilliant xxx." Lily, who is a keen ballet, tap and street dancer, who was invited to audition for Scottish Ballet prior to her illness, has already amassed 80 dance trophies. https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/dundee/459698/little-mix-just-played-dundee-police-look-like-biggest-fans-articleisfree/ She was shocked to find a lump on her shoulder in April following a dance competition. Lily was taken to her GP who then referred her to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, where medical staff found a tumour. Lily has been receiving treatment at Edinburgh Sick Kids Hospital. A crowfunding page https://www.gofundme.com/support-our-lily has now raised £27,000 for Lily and her family. https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/perth-kinross/451665/little-mix-meeting-will-big-boost-brave-cancer-patient-lily-douglas/
Audi’s Q2 was one of the first premium compact SUVs on the market. It sits below the Q3, Q5 and the gigantic, seven seat Q7 in Audi’s ever growing range. Although it’s about the same size as the Nissan Juke or Volkswagen T-Roc, its price is comparable with the much larger Nissan X-Trail or Volkswagen Tiguan. Even a basic Q2 will set you back more than £21,000 and top whack is £38,000. Then there’s the options list which is extensive to say the least. My 2.0 automatic diesel Quattro S Line model had a base price of £30,745 but tipped the scales at just over £40,000 once a plethora of additions were totted up. Size isn’t everything, however. In recent years there’s been a trend of buyers wanting a car that’s of premium quality but compact enough to zip around town. It may be a step down in size but the Q2 doesn’t feel any less classy than the rest of Audi’s SUV range. The interior looks great and is user friendly in a way that more mainstream manufacturers have never been able to match. The simple rotary dial and shortcut buttons easily trounce touchscreen systems, making it a cinch to skim through the screen’s menus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eQ5p5Z7-Ek&list=PLUEXizskBf1nbeiD_LqfXXsKooLOsItB0 There’s a surprising amount of internal space too. I took three large adults from Dundee to Stirling and no one complained about feeling cramped. As long as you don’t have a tall passenger behind a tall driver you can easily fit four adults. At 405 litres the boot’s big too – that’s 50 litres more than a Nissan Juke can muster. Buyers can pick from 1.0 and 1.4 litre petrol engines or 1.6 and 2.0 litre TDIs. Most Q2s are front wheel drive but Audi’s Quattro system is standard on the 2.0 diesel, as is a seven-speed S Tronic gear box. On the road there’s a clear difference between this and SUVs by manufacturers like Nissan, Seat and Ford. Ride quality, while firm, is tremendously smooth. Refinement is excellent too, with road and tyre noise kept out of the cabin. It sits lower than the Q3 or Q5 and this improves handling, lending the Q2 an almost go-kart feel. On a trip out to Auchterhouse, with plenty of snow still on the ground, I was appreciative of the four-wheel drive as well. The Q2 is expensive – though there are some good finance deals out there – but you get what you pay for. Few cars this small feel as good as the Q2 does. Price: £30,745 0-62mph: 8.1 seconds Top speed: 131mph Economy: 58.9mpg CO2 emissions: 125g/km
The next generation of cancer specialists are being given a leg-up in Dundee, thanks to a unique scheme run by a Tayside charity. PhD student Morven Shuttleworth – one of four whose work is being funded by the Ninewells Cancer Campaign (NCC) - was in Liverpool earlier this month for the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) conference, the biggest gathering of its kind in the UK. Another, Tanja Domke, has recently completed her thesis, while two more are working through their four-year research programmes at the Jacqui Wood Cancer Centre at Ninewells. It’s notoriously difficult for younger scientists to secure the necessary funding in the very early stages of their research and the charity’s backing for their PhD studentships has allowed a series of potentially groundbreaking programmes to get off the ground. Morven, 25, was part of a group from Tayside who attended the NCRI gathering, which brought together more than 1,000 experts from science and clinical cancer care to discuss the latest thinking in the research and treatment of the disease. The Dundee University graduate’s PhD is focusing on oesophageal cancer – in particular how the disease progresses in different patients and the reasons some respond better to treatment than others. Morven said the charity’s funding had made all the difference to her work. “It’s becoming harder and harder to get studentships so I’ve been really lucky. I wouldn’t have been able to do this without the support of the Ninewells Cancer Campaign,” she said. The funding for PhD students is also helping Tayside to attract some of the brightest emerging talent from around the world. Tanja was the first to take up a NCC studentship in 2013 when she joined Dr Mario Stavridis’ group working on specialised cancer stem cells. Her interest in the field was prompted while studying for her master’s degree in Germany. Laura Torrente, 26, arrived in Dundee with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences and a master’s degree in biomedicine from the University of Barcelona and is working with Dr Laureano de la Vega, who has come to Tayside from Spain via Germany. Magda Reis, 26 secured a first class honours degree in bioscience, followed by a postgraduate degree in health sciences in Portugal, before being attracted to Tayside by the NCC scheme. Her research is looking at the mechanisms behind cell division with the aim of understanding how cancer cells are able to divide out of control. She is being overseen by Dr Adrian Saurin, who said the NCC funding had been crucial to his work. “It’s hard for me to describe just how important this type of support is for a young scientist like myself,” he said. “It has allowed me to tackle the big questions that I hope will lead to the results that will kick start my career. “Once your career is up and running it’s much easier to generate the money from other sources in the UK and Europe. Getting to that stage is the difficult part and the help of the Ninewells Cancer Campaign has made it a whole lot easier for me.” The Jacqui Wood Cancer Centre at Ninewells is home to more than 20 research groups working to turn pioneering research into effective treatments for patients. It is supported by the NCC, which was set up in 1991 as a one-off appeal to purchase a CAT scanner for Tayside’s main hospital and – with the backing of the public – has since raised more than £22 million. The building was named in memory of Dr Jacqui Wood, who chaired the campaign from its formation until her death in 2011.
Today our correspondents discuss the standard of care at Ninewells Hospital, bureaucracy in the NHS, John J. Marshall's marshalling of facts and the quality of food at the Apex Hotel in Dundee. Care standards at Ninewells second to none Sir, Your front-page report (July 31) about Mr McLeay and his wife's experiences at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, must cause concern to those about to require the services of the hospital, especially if their visit can result in a life-changing situation. For this reason, I would like to present another side to the story. I underwent radiotherapy for throat cancer in 2008, which did not solve the problem. In June 2009 I was admitted to Ward 26 for surgery. The staff were at pains to explain what I was in for and I was offered support left, right and centre, support which I personally did not want. I knew I was coming out of theatre without a voice box and that was enough but, never having been hospitalised, that was my concern. Cancer I could handle but what felt to me like incarceration was something else. However, from the minute I left theatre to the time of discharge, I had never been so pampered and fussed over in my life and I won't see 70 again. From the night nurses who brought me tea when I couldn't sleep, to the young student who nagged me incessantly about nebulising, I knew I was being well looked after. As for aftercare and support, that could not be bettered. I have a voice (but cannot sing) thanks to a valve and a therapist. I can smell thanks to the same therapist and I am regularly checked out. To be more logical, does anyone out there know anyone who hasn't slipped up? Garry Stewart.Springbank,Clayholes,By Carnoustie. Free clinicians from paperwork Sir, Mr John Blair, a retired senior consultant at Perth Royal Infirmary, is spot on with his criticism of the over-managed National Health Service (July 30). My own family's experience (two consultants and a doctor) echoes that of Mr Blair, with growing frustration among doctors and nursing staff caused by the empire-building bureaucrats who have shanghaied the National Health Service. Form-filling and box-ticking have taken over from patient care as priorities, while highly trained doctors of long experience have to defer for permission to act to managers with no medical training. Social workers, for instance, have equal status with consultant psychiatrists in decisions whether to section a mental patient or not. If the social worker says no, the patient is released against the wishes of a psychiatrist of long experience. The only way to restore sanity to the NHS is to return to the old regime where doctors and nurses were in charge, with pen-pushers relegated to the secondary role of dealing with the paperwork. Doctors and nurses complain bitterly about the top-heavy management structure, the bureaucracy and the never-ending paper-chase. Why do their organisations not take matters in hand and confront our various governments with an ultimatum - return to a system run by medical staff with a greatly reduced bureaucracy performing a secondary role, or doctors and nurses will opt out of the health service? Next to patients, medical staff are the people who matter. Faced with their opposition, even our benighted leaders would have to give way and dismantle this house of cards. If not, the only part of that title with any meaning will soon be the word national. At the moment, it is an organisation increasingly serving the interests of a bloated and blinkered bureaucracy. Paper has replaced patients at the top of their priority list. Put patients back at the top, with doctors and nurses free to make decisions about their treatment, untrammeled by endless form filling. George K. McMillan.5 Mount Tabor Avenue,Perth. A voice of reason Sir, I am sure that your columnist John J. Marshall would be the first to accept valid opinion or comment as regards his detailed article last Wednesday, but the content of the letter from James Christie (July 31) contained pure party-political bias as opposed to Mr Marshall's facts on the Megrahi case. If it was not for newspaper writers and articles of certain journalists of calibre, the public would be ill informed. Mr Christie did not have to look far for another example of the Scottish Government ignoring public opinion the letter by Ron Greer (also Saturday) on support for Calliachar windfarm. Harry Lawrie.35 Abbots Mill,Kirkcaldy. Casting pearls before swine Sir, One of the best meals (roasted lamb with colcannon) and one of the most memorable breakfasts (lightly smoked Finnan haddock, fresh rocket and a perfect poached egg) I've ever had is when I had occasion to stay in the Apex City Quay Hotel, Dundee. So I was surprised when I recently read an extremely bad review of the hotel in a tabloid. I'm not in the habit of jumping to the defence of large hotel organisations let's face it, they're big enough to look after themselves but I have to say that review was ridiculously unfair. However the management shouldn't get too worried nor should the citizens jump into the Tay yet. The piece was based on the buffet breakfast and written by a sports "pundit". Further research reveals that the reviewer's favourite meal appears to be over-spiced curries and hand-cut chips. He also complains of "the language problem" in the hotel, although it's not made entirely clear who was having the problem. Brian McHugh.52 Kirkwell Road,Cathcart,Glasgow.
An inspirational Perth dancer, who is battling a rare form of childhood cancer, will launch a major fundraising event this weekend. Nine-year-old Lily Douglas will sound the air horn to kickstart Sunday’s Race for Life on the North Inch. About 600 people are expected to take part in the event which will raise crucial funds for Cancer Research UK. Lily, who recently met her pop idols Little Mix and is undergoing treatment at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh, plans to take part in the 5k family event. Hundreds of runners are expected to wear T-shirts showing support for Lily and two-year-old toddler Leva Stewart, who has been diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer developing from connective tissues in the body. Lily and her family will greet the crowds on Sunday morning, shortly after the women’s only 10k race gets under way at 9.30. She will start the women’s only 5k run at 11am. A keen ballet, tap and street dancer, Lily was invited to audition for Scottish Ballet prior to her illness and has already amassed 80 dance trophies. She was shocked to find a lump on her shoulder in April and was taken to her GP who then referred her to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, where medical staff found a tumour. Race for Life events are held in towns and cities across Scotland each summer and make hundreds of thousands for Cancer Research. Perth is one of 10 races to host the 5k family run, in which men can take part. It starts at noon. For details visit raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.