Clinical and laboratory research to study mechanisms of neurodegeneration and repair in multiple sclerosis, motor neuron disease, Parkinson's, dementias and degenerative eye conditions.
Our research is a fusion of collaborative laboratory and clinical activity. In the lab, the researchers study disease mechanisms using human stem cell, cellular and in vivo models. Clinical research aims to understand disease incidence and course, undertake early-phase clinical trials and improve quality of life for patients.
The ultimate aim is to develop novel regenerative therapies for neurodegenerative disease.
UK Dementia Research Institute at the University of Edinburgh
The UK DRI at Edinburgh focuses on understanding how all the different cell types in our brains work together to keep the brain healthy, how this goes wrong in dementia, and how this process can be slowed or stopped to alter disease progression.
Professor Siddharthan Chandran, Professor David Hunt, Dr Axel Montagne, Professor Josef Priller and Professor Joanna Wardlaw are group at the UK DRI Edinburgh. Dr Bhuvaneish T Selvaraj is an emerging leader.
The members of the UK DRI at Edinburgh span the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences and Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences. The Director is Professor Giles Hardingham (Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences).
Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic
Clinical research is undertaken through the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic.
Euan MacDonald Centre for MND Research
Motor neuron disease (MND) research is undertaken through the Euan MacDonald Centre for MND Research.
Gordon Aikman Awards
We administer the Gordon Aikman Award, which is funded by MND Scotland and Scottish Government. This is an annual award to improve the lives of people affected by motor neuron disease.
Edinburgh Centre for MS Research
Multiple sclerosis (MS) research is undertaken through the MS Society-funded Edinburgh Centre for MS Research.
Edinburgh Dementia Prevention
Edinburgh Dementia Prevention brings together clinical, basic science and social science expertise to understand and reduce risk associated with dementia.
Dundee and Edinburgh Parkinson's Research Initiative
The Universities of Dundee and Edinburgh have joined forces to help deliver new treatments for people with Parkinson's and accelerate access to clinical trials.