Centre for Genomic & Experimental Medicine
Centre for Genomic & Experimental Medicine

News 2023

An archive of Centre news from 2023

CGEM welcomes the 2023 cohort of PhD students

Four new PhD students have begun their studies this year with CGEM based researchers as supervisors or co-supervisors.

CGEM Away Day 2023

 A group photo of all the speakers from the CGEM Away Day
The Centre for Genomic and Experimental Medicine gathered for their 2023 Away Day.

Dervil Dockrell and Kathryn Berg named 2023 Ehlers-Danlos Support UK Community Champions

Kathryn Berg and Dervell Dockrell with their EDS UK Community Champion Award Certificates
The researchers were honoured at an award presentation at the Institute of Genetics and Cancer.

Professor Cathy Abbott named as co-director of Edinburgh Neuroscience

Edinburgh Neuroscience logo
Alongside Professor Malcolm MacLeod, Professor Abbott will lead the community of neuroscience researchers

Sara Brown appointed to prestigious Grant Chair of Dermatology

Clinical academic dermatologist Professor Sara Brown was awarded the historically significant position in October 2023

Local community welcomed for Doors Open Day

The Institute of Genetics and Cancer welcomed nearly 200 visitors for Doors Open Day: September 2023

2023 Hastie Career Advancement Fund and Early Career Awards winners announced

Portraits of the 2023 Hastie Career Advancement Award and Early Career Award winners
Congratulations to Joanne Simpson and Simone Pelliciari, who were awarded grants from the Hastie Career Advancement Fund, and the 7 other IGC researchers who received Early Career Awards.

Generation Scotland continue recruitment drive with engagement and publicity

Advertising campaign and engagement activities across Scotland contribute to over 6,500 new participants signing up for the study.

Celebrating Technician Week at the University of Edinburgh

The essential work of technical staff has been highlighted through Technician Week events across the University in September

AlveoGene: inhaled gene therapy spinout launches

Alveogene logo
New spinout AlveoGene, focused on transforming rare respiratory disease outcomes using inhaled gene therapy, has launched out of the Universities of Oxford and Edinburgh and Imperial College London.

New members join Dr Peter Bankhead’s research group

The Bankhead Reseach Group
Four new researchers have joined Dr Bankhead’s group in the last year.

School pupils take part in Science Insights work experience programme

School pupils at the Institute of Genetics and Cancer for Science Insights
Over 40 pupils from 37 schools across Scotland, from Nairn to the Scottish Borders, visited the Institute as part of their week-long look into scientific careers.

Watch a new series of health data masterclasses

Professor Helen Colhoun
Professor Helen Colhoun explains how the health data we obtain helps us treat disease.

Over 100 associations between blood DNA methylation sites and common disease states identified

DNA helix manifesting from cigarette smoke
Researchers from the Institute of Genetics and Cancer have established a comprehensive map of epigenetic associations with common human diseases

PhD student exchange with University of Queensland promotes collaboration in genomics research

A view of the Brisbane skyline
Danni Gadd and Alesha Hatton of the Marioni and McRae Research Groups visited each others Institutes to conduct collaborative research.

Core genes for type 1 diabetes revealed

A girl has a glucose monitor fitted by a healthcare professional
Researchers have identified nine core genes that play a key role in increasing the risk of developing type 1 diabetes.

Sara Brown joins the European Society for Dermatological Research board

Piles of Journals from ISID2023
Professor Sara Brown has been elected to join the board of the largest dermatological research society in Europe, the European Society for Dermatological Research (ESDR).

Shining a Light on Skin Cancer

The Institute and Robertson Construction Central East joined forces for the week of Melanoma Monday to raise awareness of the risks of skin cancer: May 2023

New study using Generation Scotland and Viking Genes data finds over 500 genes linked to lung health

16 weeks post-conception human fetal lung
Genomes from over half-a-million participants worldwide were analysed, making it the largest and most ethnically-diverse study of its kind.

New study reveals how unique human fingerprint patterns develop

The interaction between developmental signalling pathways and the anatomy of the human hand contribute to the formation of unique fingerprint patterns.

Professor Cathy Abbott awarded Action Medical Research funding

Action Medical Research have funded Professor Abbott for two years to support pre-clinical testing of a therapy for a rare neurodevelopmental disorder.

Next Generation Scotland launch is going strong

Generation Scotland logo
Thousands of new volunteers have joined Generation Scotland in its new round of recruitment.

Volunteers needed to boost study into nation’s health

Every adult and young person in Scotland is being invited to join a major study that will help shape the nation’s healthcare.

Professor Cathy Abbott appointed to NC3Rs Board

Professor Cathy Abbott joins the Board of the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) in January 2023

Dr Chris Boyd’s research group stages a public engagement activity to highlight Cystic Fibrosis gene therapy research

Ann Doherty & Giulia Bartolomucci presenting the Target the Lung public engagement activity
The Boyd Research group presented the ‘Target the Lung’ public engagement activity to University of Edinburgh staff at an event organised to celebrate the University’s REF results.

Update to QuPath software

Cartoon of scientists in front of QuPath logo
New version of open-source bioimage analysis software QuPath released by team led by CGEM and IGC’s Dr Pete Bankhead

Genome project sheds light on rare diseases in Scotland

The detection and management in routine care of inherited rare and serious conditions can be improved by genome sequencing, according to a new study.

CGEM welcomes new PhD students

6 new PhD students began their studies with supervisors from CGEM

Dr Alexander Laird begins MRC CARP award to study kidney cancer

Dr Alex Laird
Dr Laird will carry out a 3 year research project in collaboration with CGEM and IGC’s Professor Tim Aitman, investigating the use of cell free DNA to monitor kidney cancer

Awards for team behind study using Cell-free DNA to monitor Head and Neck Cancer

Dr Robert Wescott presenting at the British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists
Poster and presentation awards to team behind a recent study highlighting the use of digital droplet PCR to monitor HPV in cell-free DNA from patients with head and neck cancer, led by Professor Tim Aitman and Mr Iain Nixon