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All the latest news from Biomedical Sciences.

The hidden REF 2021

Congratulations to all the team involved in the 'Guide to Pharmacology Project' which won the 'applications of research' award at The hidden Ref 2021 . The hidden REF is a national competition which celebrates the range of important research achievements that may not fit neatly into a REF submission.  

Anatomical embalming fluids neutralise the SARS-CoV-2 virus

A multi-centre study, involving members of the Anatomy@Edinburgh team, has just published their research findings in the Journal of Anatomy showing that 20 of the most common embalming fluids used to preserve donor material in the UK and Ireland can neutralise the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene grant awards 2021

Congratulations to PhD students Dr Keneth Kasozi and Husein Bagulo, from Prof Sue Welburn's lab, on their grant awards from the Royal Society for Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (RSTMH).

Postdoc Appreciation Week 2021

Congratulations to all nominees and winners in Biomedical Sciences who were recognised for their outstanding contributions and to celebrate the vital role postdocs play across the College.

Congratulations and farewell!

Congratulations to Professor Catherina Becker, who was announced as one of six Alexander van Humboldt Professorships awards for 2022 (and the only woman).

Prof Jamie Davies awarded the inaugural Wolpert Medal 2021

Congratulations to Professor Jamie Davies (Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences) who was awarded the inaugural Wolpert Medal from the British Society for Developmental Biology (BSDB)

Staff recognition awards 2021

Congratulations to all winners, runner ups, shortlisted and nominated colleagues in the inaugural CMVM Staff Recognition awards 2021.

Dr Crispin Jordan wins CMVM Teacher of the Year 2021

Congratulation to Crispin Jordan (Biomedical Teaching Organisation) on winning Teacher of the Year (College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine) at the recent EUSA Teaching Awards 2021.

Professor Tara Spires-Jones appointed new President-Elect of the British Neuroscience Association

Congratulations to Professor Tara Spires-Jones (Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences, and UK Dementia Research Institute at Edinburgh) on being appointed the new President-elect of the British Neuroscience Association (BNA). 

Commonwealth Scholarship success for Biomedical Sciences

The Deanery of Biomedical Sciences and the The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies have been awarded 15 Commonwealth Scholarship Commission scholarships for six online MSc programmes starting September 2021.

Professor Richard Ribchester retires

Professor Richard Ribchester retired from the University of Edinburgh on 30th September 2020 after 40 years of outstanding service at the University of Edinburgh.

Post-doc Appreciation Week - Award winners

Congratulations to the CDBS post-docs who received the following awards at this years CMVM Post-doc Appreciation Week event.

International acclaim for Prof Richard Morris in 2020

Congratulations to Professor Richard Morris who has been elected as an international member of the United States National Academy of Sciences in recognition of his world-leading neuroscience research.        

How do Alzheimer’s risk factors change the brain?

Professor Tara Spires-Jones (UK Dementia Research Institute at Edinburgh and Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences) worked with Health Awareness on the 2020 Understanding Dementia campaign to coincide with World Alzheimer's Day on 21 September 2020

New study on the role of the SMN protein in protein translation

The study, published in Nature Cell Biology, represents the first time that researchers have been able to study, in detail, the function of the SMN protein in new protein production.

BMS student publication success

Four undergraduate students from the Biomedical Sciences programme have had their work published in the Journal of Insect Physiology.

Winner of Alison Douglas prize 2020

Congratulations to Dr Valerio Francioni (former Rochefort lab) who has been awarded this year's Alison Douglas prize for best PhD thesis. The prize was announced at the virtual Mary Pickford lecture, given by Prof Gina Turrigiano (Brandeis University, USA), on the 29th October 2020.

ZJE graduation celebration

The first cohort of students to graduate with a Dual Award from The University of Edinburgh and Zhejiang University celebrated their achievements at an event on 22 June.

Book review: The Matter of Facts

Two reviews have been published on Professor Gareth Leng (Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences) and his son Dr Rhodri Lengs (School of Social Sciences) recent book, 'The Matter of Facts', which explores how scientists produce and use evidence.

3 Minute Thesis Final 2020

Congratulations to Caroline Allen (Spears lab) and Sarah Neely (Lyons lab), two of the nine finalists for the University of Edinburgh’s Three Minute Thesis 2020 competition!  

BMS staff promotions 2020

Biomedical Sciences is proud to announce the success of 10 colleagues in the latest Academic staff promotions rounds.

Dual BMS success in the EUSA 2020 student teaching awards.

Congratulations to Dr Dawn Livingstone, this year’s recipient of the EUSA Teaching Awards Kendall Award for Teaching in Medicine 2020, and to Prof Jamie Davies who was runner up.

Infection Medicine joins the fight against COVID-19

COVID-19 is caused by SARS-CoV-2 and like all viruses there are many ways to combat the infection, many centres across the University are stepping forward with their knowledge and expertise to help in this fight. As a specialist in this field, Infection Medicine is doing all they can to utilise their expertise in this difficult time.

Global resource available for COVID-19 scientists.

Experts in Biomedical Sciences have created a database that lists vital information about potential treatments for Covid-19 and possible drug targets – molecules in the body linked to the disease that could benefit from new therapies. The resource is available to scientists worldwide to assist the global effort against the coronavirus.

COVID-19 research grants awarded to Welburn lab

Congratulations to Professor Sue Welburn and her team who have been awarded two grants in relation to COVID-19 research.

New publication in Journal of Neuroendocrinology

Congratulations to Prof Gareth Leng and Dr Luis Paiva (Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences) on their recent publication in the Journal of Endocrinology

Prof David Lyons inaugural lecture now online

Professor David Lyons (Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences) gave his inaugural lecture on Monday 2nd March in the Shirley Hall, Chancellors Building, entitled 'Brainworks: How are brains formed and how should we treat them.'

Prof Tom Gillingwater elected as Fellow of the Royal Society

Congratulations to Professor Tom Gillingwater, who becomes a Fellow of the Royal Society in recognition of outstanding contributions across Anatomical research, education, engagement and wider knowledge exchange.

Edinburgh Brain Bee 2020

The Regional Brain Bee championship was held at the University of Edinburgh on 22 February 2020 to find the next generation of scientists.

Dr Barry McColl awarded Brain Research UK funding

Congratulations to Dr Barry McColl, Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences, who has been awarded a 3 year project grant from Brain Research UK, to further develop work manipulating CNS macrophages to boost brain repair and functional recovery after ischaemic stroke.

The Matter of Facts - New book by Prof Gareth Leng

Congratulations to Professor Gareth Leng (Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences) and his son Dr Rhodri Leng (School of Social Sciences) who have published a new book which explores how scientists produce and use evidence.

Stay strong Zhejiang!

A message of support from Biomedical Sciences to all our colleagues, students, alumni and friends in Zhejiang and China

Congratulations Dr Haley MBE!

Our very own Dr Jane Haley (Edinburgh Neuroscience Scientific Coordinator) was presented with an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) by Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, at an Investiture at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday 29 January 2020. This honour was awarded for Services to Science Engagement and Education.

Prof Sue Welburn wins Haining Friendship Award

Congratulations to Prof Sue Welburn, Executive Dean of the ZJE Institute, who was presented with one of the inaugural Haining Friendship Awards at the 4th Annual Haining Entrepreneurs Convention.

Michlewski Lab publishes a review paper on TRIM25

The study has opened up new lines of investigations into functional and molecular roles of TRIM25 and other E3 ubiquitin ligases incell biology and control of pathogenic infections.

Probiotic hope for Parkinson's disease

Dr Maria Doitsidou's lab (Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences) and colleagues from Dundee University have identified a probiotic – or so-called good bacteria – which prevents the build-up of a protein which is linked with Parkinson’s. These findings have been published in Cell Reports.

Landmark trial seeks people with MND to test potential treatments

Hundreds of people living with motor neurone disease are being invited to take part in one of the UK’s most comprehensive clinical trials in a generation

Further HEA Fellowship success

Congratulations to our staff who were awarded Fellowships from the Higher Education Academy (HEA), bringing the total to 13 staff who gained HEA accreditation last year.

Dr Dorothy Tse awarded PTAS Small Grant Award

Congratulations to Dr Dorothy Tse (Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences) who has been awarded a Small Grant Award from the Principal’s Teaching Award Scheme (PTAS) for the Edinburgh Brain Bee event.

Brain function discovery that could help halt Alzheimer's disease

A new study, published in the journal Current Biology, has discovered the functions of the area of the brain in which Alzheimer’s begins, offering hope for the development of future treatments for over half a million people in the UK who suffer from the disorder.

New BBSRC Project Grant Award

Congratulations to Dr Carole Torsney and Professor Dies Meijer (Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences) on their successful three-year BBSRC Project Grant Award!

BNA Undergraduate Prize awarded to Neuroscience graduate

University of Edinburgh student Pia Siegele has been awarded the 2019 British Neuroscience Association (BNA) Undergraduate award for her work in Neuroscience.

New paper in Reproduction

Congratulations to the Spears Lab, Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences, for their new paper published in the journal Reproduction, which provides new insights into the effects of chemotherapy drugs on the human ovary.

Wellcome Trust Fellowship success

Congratulations to Dr Emily Osterweil, Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences, for being awarded a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) to study ribosome function in neuronal plasticity and autism.

New insights into the memory functions of LEC

A team of researchers from Centre of Discovery Brain Sciences led by Prof Matthew Nolan, in collaboration with the University of St Andrews, have published new research in Cell Biology, on the memory functions of lateral entorhinal cortex (LEC)

ERC grant award success

Congratulations to Dr Nathalie Rochefort, Centre of Discovery Brain Sciences,  who has been awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant.

Grant success from the Simons Foundation

Congratulations to Prof Peter Kind (Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences) and his colleagues on the successful award of a £12million grant from the Simons Foundation.

Dementia study reveals how proteins interact to stop brain signals

Fresh insights into damaging proteins that build up in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease could aid the quest for treatments.

New insights into the cause of cancer cachexia

A team of researchers from Anatomy@Edinburgh and Clinical Surgery at the University of Edinburgh, led by Tom Gillingwater, Ross Jones and Richard Skipworth, has published new research into the underlying biology of cancer cachexia.

Ancestral remains return to homeland of Sri Lankan tribespeople

An elder from an ancient Sri Lankan tribe has taken part in a ceremony to mark the return of human remains to his homeland.

ZJE students win first Prize at Student Leadership Forum

After a weekend of extensive and lively debate, planning and organization a team of three undergraduate students from the Zhejiang University – University of Edinburgh (ZJE) Institute were awarded first prize for their presentation and proposal to develop a social network to promote interactions between students across UK China Joint Institutes in China.

BBSRC award for study on appetite regulation in birds

Congratulations to Professors Gareth Leng (Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences) and Simone Meddle (Roslin Institute) who have been awarded a grant by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council to study the brain processes that control hunger in birds.

New papers in Nature Communications

Congratulations to first authors Dr Sam Booker and Dr Aleks Domanski and senior authors Profs Peter Kind and David Wyllie who have published two papers in Nature Communications on their findings from investigating the developmental basis of sensory hypersenstivities in Fragile X Syndrome.

Edinburgh representation on SFN Neuroscience Training Committee

Congratulations to Dr Jane Haley (Edinburgh Neuroscience) who has been appointed to the Society for Neuroscience ’Neuroscience training Committee’ as the only non-USA member (out of 16 members)

New Fellowship funded by Race against Dementia

A warm welcome to postdoctoral fellow Dr Claire Durrant who has taken up post in Prof Tara Spires-Jones lab (Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences). Dr Durrant has featured in an article in The Scotsman about F1 motor racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart and his 'Race Against Dementia’ charity that has recently invested £1.5 million in dementia research.

Alison Douglas Prize for the Best PhD Thesis 2018/19

The Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences is delighted to announce the winner of the Alison Douglas Prize for the best PhD thesis for 2018/19 has been awarded to Dr David Munro for his thesis on 'Mechanisms of kidney vascularisation and the roles of macrophages in renal organogenesis'.

Poet-in-Residence for the Anatomical Museum

The Anatomical Museum is delighted to introduce Georgi Gill, our poet-in-residence for 2019-20.

Brainwaves: Interview with Professor Gareth Leng

Prof Gareth Leng, Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences, was recently interviewed by Agnes Becker, a Communications Officer at the British Society for Neuroendocrinology, as part of 'Brainwaves' which puts the spotlight on eminent neuroendocinologists about their work, passions and tips for budding scientists.

‘Anatomicum’ – Dr Jennifer Paxton publishes new anatomy book

Image from the front cover of Anatomicum
A new anatomy book describing the wonder and beauty of the human body has been published by Big Picture Press as part of the ‘Welcome to the Museum’ series, and in collaboration with the Wellcome Collection.

ZJE Student Welcome Ceremony 2019

On 8 September 2019, more than 100 new undergraduate and postgraduate students attended the Zhejiang University - University of Edinburgh Institute (ZJE) new student welcome ceremony at the International Campus in China.

Why the drugs don’t work for women and what to do about it

Whether you are male or female can make a significant difference to the safety and effectiveness of your medication. Dr Carole Torsney talks to The Times about male bias preclinical and clinical research and the impact for women. 

Michlewski lab awarded new BBSRC grant

Congratulations to the Michlewski lab who have been awarded a grant worth £510,000 to investigate the role of novel RNA-binding protein TRIM25 in viral nucleic acids sensing and signalling.

Denholm lab awarded a Leverhulme Trust Research Grant

Congratulations to the Denholm lab who have been awarded a Leverhulme Trust Research Grant to explore the physiological mechanisms underpinning one of most powerful water-extraction systems in nature.

New paper in Nature Communications

Dr Gracjan Michlewski has published a paper in Nature Communications - "Loss of 5-methylcytosine alters the biogenesis of Vault-derived small RNAs to coordinate epidermal differentiation".

Dementia gene linked to connections in brain

Insights into how a gene that increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease disrupts brain cells have been revealed by scientists.

Partnership success with McGill University

Congratulations to Profs David Wyllie, Catherina Becker and Dr Emma Wood (Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences) on their collaborative grant success with McGill University. Their research will focus on autism/neurodevelopmental disorders, intellectual disabilities (with particular focus on studies using human induced pluripotent stem cells), and neurodegenerative diseases.

Dr Jane Haley awarded MBE

Congratulations to Dr Jane Haley (Edinburgh Neuroscience) who has been awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in recognition for Services to Science Engagement and Education.

Partnership Win at NHS Awards

A Biomedical Sciences collaboration with Fife college has won a prestigious national award for an innovative approach to training the life science workforce of the future.

Prof Song receives Honorary Degree

Professor Yonghua Song, Executive Vice-President of Zhejiang University and the founding Dean of the International Campus at Zhejiang University receives an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Edinburgh