Biomedical Sciences


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.

The three successful grants were each awarded £45,000 and will be split between researchers at both institutions. Each pilot project will run for 12 months and is expected to generate preliminary data that will allow larger funding bids in the future.

Electrophysiological analysis of human stem cell-derived neurons: establishing a cross-institutional core facility 

Derek Bowie (McGill) and David Wyllie (Edinburgh):

Drug screen for modulators of neuro-inflammation in spinal cord injury 

Sam David (McGill) and Catherina Becker (Edinburgh)

Development of functional thalamocortical circuitry in a rat model of fragile X syndrome 

Adrien Peyrache (McGill and The Neuro) and Emma Wood (Edinburgh)


Collaborative and inter-disciplinary research is at the heart of this exciting strategic partnership between our Universities; the pilot projects are only the first step in creating a sustainable and dynamic partnership

Prof Siddharthan Chandran, Director of Edinburgh Neuroscience


This initiative has been generously funded by College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, the Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences, The Simons Initiative for the Developing Brain, The Euan MacDonald Centre at The University of Edinburgh, The Azrieli Foundation, Fondation Sandra et Alain Bouchard, and the St. Andrew’s Society of Montreal.

Further information

Prof David Wyllies lab profile

Prof Catherina Beckers lab profile

Dr Emma Woods lab profile

Study BSc Neuroscience at Edinburgh

Study MSc by Research in Integrative Neuroscience at Edinburgh

Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences website