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Prof Mike Gillies and Dr David Griffith
Mike Gillies awarded title of Honorary Professor and David Griffith promoted to Reader.

Obesity, Chronic Kidney Disease and Liver Disease Associated with Increased Hospital Covid-19 Mortality

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Dr AnneMarie Docherty, Professor Ewen Harrison and Dr Kenneth Baillie have published data in the British Medical Journal that characterises the clinical features of 20133 patients admitted to hospital with Covid-19 in the United Kingdom, during the growth phase of the first wave of this outbreak and explores risk factors associated with mortality in hospital.

Scottish Intensive Care Society Audit Group Report on Covid-19

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The Scottish Intensive Care Society Audit Group (SICSAG) is the national adult critical care audit and quality assurance programme and is chaired by Dr Naz Lone (Consultant at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and is a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Critical Care at the Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh).

COVID-19 Critical Care Course

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Dr Graham Nimmo has led a team effort to make a COVID-19 Critical Care Course freely available to clinical staff on the front line.

New funding to help understand how Covid-19 affects the most vulnerable

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Dr Kenneth Baillie has secured funding from the Medical Research Council to work in partnership with Professor Peter Openshaw.

Support Prioritised for COVID-19 Research

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A letter from the Scottish Chief Medical Officer to the NHS boards has emphasised the critical importance of research in the response to COVID-19 and have asked that resources are made available to support prioritised COVID-19 research.

RECOVERY Trial Recruitment

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The RECOVERY trial will enable reliable assessment of the effects of multiple different treatments on major outcomes among people with COVID-19.


STOPCOVID is an extensive new cross-sector, cross-discipline, experimental medicine research programme aimed at developing and re-purposing treatments for COVID-19 patients.


Dr Annemarie Docherty and Prof Catherine Sudlow have been awarded a grant from the CSO to support the Scotland wide collection of key data about patients hospitalised with COVD19 as part of the ISARIC project.

Congratulations to Annemarie Docherty who has been awarded the prestigious Wellcome Clinical Research Career Development Fellowship.

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This is a four year fully funded fellowship at consultant level which will enable her to address the problems of heterogeneity in critical care trial design.

Acute Care Edinburgh Aims to Deliver World Class Clinical Research

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Acute Care Edinburgh (ACE) is a new cross cutting initiative that will be hosted in the Usher Institute, within the Centre for Population Health Sciences.

SCARF Supporting Community Recovery and Reducing Readmission Risk Following Critical Illness

The project James and Eddie will launch, along with a wide range of partners, aims to collaborate with and build on the work of the award-winning NHS Lothian Patient Experience and Anticipatory Care Plan Team (PACT) which reduced unplanned hospital admissions by over 30% for the high risk cohort of patients.

New MSc in Critical Care launched.

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The University of Edinburgh and The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh’s New Online MSc in Critical Care.

ECCRG meet at Firbush for their annual research retreat.

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The Edinburgh Critical Care Research Group have recently spent a 3 day research retreat at Firbush, The University of Edinburgh’s residential outdoor activity centre.

ICUsteps patient and family support group celebrate first year

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We are hosting a public engagement event on Thursday August 2nd, at the Thistle Foundation in Edinburgh.

Vhairi Mcatear wins prize for best presentation at BJA Journals

Well done to Vhairi Mcatear, an intercalated BSc student from Edinburgh, winner of the undergraduate prize for best presentation at the BJA Journals Research Forum.

Dr Kenneth Baillie awarded Lowry Fink Fellowship from the International Sepsis Forum

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Dr Kenneth Baillie, a member of the critical care research team group, has received the Lowry Fink Fellowship from the International Sepsis Forum in recognition for his work in sepsis.

Working in partnership to support community recovery and reduce readmission risk after Intensive Care

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People requiring admission to an intensive care unit following a critical illness often leave hospital with multiple health and social care needs and many, around 25%, have an unplanned hospital readmission. Against this backdrop, members of the Edinburgh Critical Care Research Group, along with various NHS and Third Sector partners, have been awarded a quality improvement grant from the iHub Improvement Fund for a Lothian wide project to better support community recovery of ICU survivors and reduce their risk of early unplanned hospital readmission.

Edinburgh Acute Care Open Invitation to a launch meeting

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Edinburgh Acute Care is a new cross cutting initiative that will be hosted in the Usher Institute, within the Centre for Population Health Sciences.

Dr Tom Craven has won the prestigious Intensive Care Foundation Research Gold Medal

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It is awarded annually to a new investigator who has shown excellence in science relevant to intensive care practice.

Baillie Lab, Roslin Institute, funded PhD project opportunities

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Jobs and PhD studentships become available from time to time in the Baillie Lab at the Roslin Institute.

Professor Lesley Colvin talking about pain and the brain on Radio 4

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Lesley Colvin is a Consultant/ Honorary Professor in Pain Medicine in the University department of Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh.

Students share hopes for their future year of study as part of the intercalated BMedSci programme.

BMedSci students Liam Delaney and Vhairi McAtear
Liam Delaney and Vhairi McAtear are members of the 2017- 2018 BMedSci cohort and describe in this short video clip what they are looking forward to most within the BMedSci programme.

Intercalated BMedSci students receive the prestigious John Snow Award.

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Sinead Mackay has just begun the Intercalated BMedSci programme 2017, along with 9 other medical students and is looking forward to gaining valuable clinical experience and research skills.

The Intercalated BMedSci Programme offers unique and valuable learning environments for medical students.

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Ruaraidh Campbell, a member of the 2016-2017 student cohort for the Intercalated BMedSci programme in Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine explains how the programme has prepared him for his future medical career.

Melatonin may prevent cancer-treatment pain.

Dr Carole Torsney (Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences), Dr Lesley Colvin (Critical Care and Pain Medicine) and colleagues at the Univeristy of Aberdeen have published a study indicating that melatonin (often used to treat jet lag) may help reduce the neuropathic pain that is experienced by almost 70% of patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer.

The effect of day of the week on short- and long-term mortality for emergency general surgery.

The effect of day of the week on outcome after surgery is the subject of debate. The aim was to determine whether day of the week of emergency general surgery alters short- and long-term mortality.

A new study on bone pain related to cancer has opened in Edinburgh.

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An exploratory study to develop and evaluate a simple bedside tool for community use to identify who is most likely to benefit from palliative radiotherapy for cancer induced bone pain: Thermal testing in Bone Pain (TiBoP).