Archived news from 2017.
Alumnus honoured at major US science awards
Dr Alan Healy (Biomedical Science 2011) has been named as an honouree at the 2017 Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists, held by the prestigious New York Academy of Sciences.
Spinal column: let’s look on the bright side
Melanie Reid, an award winning journalist, writes about her visit to our third year Medical Sciences students, to talk about her experiences as a tetraplegic after a riding accident.
Nerve cell findings may aid understanding of movement disorders
Fresh insights into the links between nerve and muscle cells could transform our understanding of the human nervous system and conditions relating to impaired movement.
Brain study sheds light on how dementia spreads
Insights into how a key chemical disrupts brain cells in a common type of dementia have been revealed by scientists.
SHAAP celebrates successful Supreme Court MUP decision
The Scottish medical professions are celebrating today’s decision by the UK Supreme Court which clears the way for the implementation of the Scottish Government’s Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Act 2012 early next year, which sets a minimum unit price of 50 pence per unit for alcohol.
Anatomy in Art Exhibition
Anatomy@Edinburgh are holding their first 'Anatomy in Art' exhibition featuring artwork by Edinburgh College of Art undergraduate students.
Skull study Reveals Origin of Canary Island's Aboriginal People
Aboriginal people who lived on the Canary Islands before European colonisation originated from North Africa, a DNA study has found.
Success at World Canoeing Championships for UG student Eilidh Gibson
Congratulations to Eilidh Gibson, a 4th year Biomedical Sciences student, who was part of Team GB C1 Team who took home gold, and was also fourth in the individual races at the Championships.
New insights into the life and death of motor neurons
A new study from the Gillingwater lab shows that a key protein involved in Spinal Muscular Atrophy plays an important role in regulating the generation of new proteins in neurons.
$1bn Chinese biomedical campus opens
The partnership with Zhejiang University is the first of its type for the University and for China.
Jet lag drug may ease chemotherapy symptoms
A new study suggests a commonly used jet lag drug could ease painful side effects of chemotherapy.
Anatomy@Edinbugh at Terrific Scientific
Anatomy@Edinburgh joined colleagues from the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine on Tuesday 15th August for Terrific Scientific: The Human Body with BBC at the Edinburgh Festivals.
Forensic team reveals killer’s face
The face of a 19th century killer has been recreated using forensic techniques and is on display in a new exhibition.
Fish reveal clues to healing spinal cord injuries
Fresh insights into how zebrafish repair their nerve connections could hold clues to new therapies for people with spinal cord injuries.
New drug treatment eases Fragile X symptoms
Scientists have discovered how the brain can self-correct disruptions in processing, pointing the way towards possible new treatments for autism and intellectual disability.
First Learning and Teaching Forum a success
The Biomedical Sciences Learning and Teaching Forum 2017 was held on the 21st of June in the Anatomy Lecture Theatre at the Biomedical Teaching Organisation.
Universities family visit day at DIPM
The Division of Infection & Pathway Medicine (DIPM) welcomed 20 visitors, all families with children, to its lab at the Chancellor’s Building at Little France on Saturday 24th June 2017.
Overactive scavenger cells contribute to neurodegeneration
Dr. Chris Henstridge and Dr. Tara Spires-Jones (Centre for Cognitive and Neural Systems) have published new findings which suggest overactive scavenger cells in the brain may contribute to neurodegeneration.
Honours project selected for BORS 17
Congratulations to Robbie Miller, an intercalating medical student, who has been selected to present his Physiology Honours project at the British Orthopaedic Research Society meeting in September.
Investigating the ageing brain
We talk to Dr Tara Spires-Jones, Chancellor’s Fellow and interim Director of the Centre for Cognitive and Neural Systems. Her research group studies brain changes in ageing and neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer's.
Grant success for motor neurone therapies
Congratulations to Professor Tom Gillingwater on his grant success from MND Scotland for developing new therapies to protect motor neurones against the many forms of Motor Neurone Disease.
Prof David Lyons talks about MS research
Prof David Lyons has produced a short video with the University about the quest to find therapies to repair nerve damage caused by multiple sclerosis.
Diabetes drug may help symptoms of autism associated condition
New research shows that a widely used diabetes medication could help with a common inherited form of autism.
Universities Family Visit day at the DiPM
The Division of Infection & Pathway Medicine (DIPM) at the University of Edinburgh will welcome up to 40 attendees to visit the Chancellor's Building and the DIPM labs on Saturday 24th June 2017.
Dr Debbie Shaw awarded Senior Fellowship of the HEA
We are delighted to announce that Dr Debbie Shaw has been awarded Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).
Dementia experts join £250m initiative to combat disease
Dementia researchers across the UK are joining forces to find new ways of tackling the condition.
Impact Award 2017 win for Biomedical Sciences
Academic Families, Biomedical Sciences' peer support group, has won the Impact Award for Best Peer Support Group for 2017.
Academic Families shortlisted for Impact Award
Biomedical Sciences has been shortlisted for an Impact Award in the category of Best Peer Support Group for the Academic Families programme.
Professor Sue Welburn appointed as new Executive Dean of the ZJU Institute
Professor Welburn's appointment was formally announced on 14th March 2017 at a ceremony at the International campus of Zhejiang University in Haining, China.
Honours student project leads to publication
Congratulations to Honours student Harry Newmark, whose project has been published as a Hypothesis and Theory paper in Frontiers in Immunology.
New Longitude Prize Advisory Panel member
Congratulation to Dr Till Bachmann, Division of Infection and Pathway Medicine, who has been appointed to the Longitude Prize Advisory Panel.
Funding boost for autism research
The Simons Foundation has pledged £20 million for pioneering studies into the biological mechanisms that underpin changes in brain development associated with autism.
Anatomy@Edinburgh host Science Saturday at the Museum
The anatomy team were joined by almost 100 of our wonderful students on Saturday 18 February to deliver an exciting afternoon of anatomy-themed activities at the National Museum of Scotland.
Students showcase global fight against superbug threat
Students team up with leading health experts to host a public event highlighting the risks posed by antibiotic resistance.
New zebrafish model sheds light on glioblastoma tumours
Congratulations to the Sieger lab on publishing their study on a new zebrafish microglia-glioblastoma model, which uncovered new findings on the complex interactions between microglia and glioblastoma cells.
£1.1m study could pave way for therapies to repair spinal cord
Congratulations to Prof Catherina Becker and her lab who, as part of a European team, have been awarded £1.1 million to investigate how zebrafish are able to repair and replace damaged nerve cells.
Cass Li and the art of origami in public engagement
In the first of our series focusing on public engagement by the Deanery of Biomedical Sciences, Cass Li talks about how she uses origami to help students to understand plasmids.