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2012 news

Archived news from the Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences.

Chancellor's Award for teaching innovations

Nov 2012: Jamie Davies, Professor of Experimental Anatomy in the Centre for Integrative Physiology, has been honoured by the University for his contribution to teaching. Jamie received his Chancellor’s Award for Teaching from The Princess Royal at a gala dinner.

The award was made in recognition of his teaching of medical students, and in particular innovations he has developed in giving students feedback. These improvements have been well received by students, whose nominations led to him winning the Robert Kendell Prize for Teaching in Medicine in 2012 in the EUSA Teaching Awards.

Chancellor's Fellowships: final round of applications

Oct 2012: Recently the University of Edinburgh has offered around 100 Chancellor’s Fellowships across the University’s 22 Schools as an investment in the future of teaching and research. The College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine now intends to make a further, smaller number of appointments in strategically important areas.

Applications must be made via the University's on-line application procedure. The vacancy reference to search for is 005463. The closing date for applications is 30th November 2012.


Further particulars of this vacancy (PDF)

Study reveals brain cells' weakest links

Sept 2012: People with degenerative neurological conditions could benefit from research that shows why their brain cells stop communicating properly.

Scientists believe that the findings could help to develop treatments that slow the progress of a broad range of brain disorders such as Huntingdon’s, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson's diseases.

The team at the University, led by Professor Tom Gillingwater of the Centre for Integrative Physiology, analysed how connection points between brain cells break down during disease and identified six proteins that control the process.

Study reveals brain cells' weakest links

Book wins award from British Medical Association

Sept 2012: “Building Brains; an Introduction to Neural Development”, a book by David Price, Andrew Jarman, John Mason and Peter Kind, aimed at undergraduates and others new to the field, has won a ‘Highly Commended’ award in the ‘Basic and Clinical Sciences' category of the BMA Medical Book Awards 2012.

Professor Baroness Hollins, FRCPsych, FRCPCH, FRCP, the President of the British Medical Association, presented these awards at a reception at BMA House on Thursday 12th September 2012.

CIP student wins prize at Neurosurgery conference

July 12: Mark Hughes, who is in the first year of an ECAT clinical PhD, has recently won the British Journal of Neurosurgery Prize for the best abstract submission at the Society of British Neurological Surgeons' Meeting in Aberdeen. The prize, a cheque from the BJN, will be presented to Mark at a gala dinner at the next SBNS Meeting in Leeds at the end of September 2012.

Mark’s talk was titled “Progress towards merging neuronal network engineering with semiconductor microelectronics technology: tools for neuroscience and neurosurgery

Success at BioQuarter Innovation Competition 2012

June 12: Congratulations to Mark Hughes who scooped second prize for the BioQuarter Innovation Competition 2012.

Mark's entry 'Pre<Optimise' is based on gaming technology and allows surgeons to warm up prior to operations.

A tribute to Alison Douglas

May 12:The Head of School pays tribute to Professor Alison Douglas.

A tribute to Prof Alison Douglas

New BBSRC grant award

April 12: Congratulations to Professor Mike Ludwig, who has been awarded £648,944 for a BBSRC grant on "Vasopressin and the anterior olfactory nucleus".

Kendell Award for Teaching in Medicine

April 12: Congratulations to Prof Jamie Davies for winning the Kendell Award for Teaching in Medicine at the fourth EUSA Teaching Awards ceremony this month.

EUSA Teaching Awards

New RSE Fellow elected for 2012

March 12: Congratulations to Prof Gareth Leng, who has been elected as a new Fellow to the Royal Society of Edinburgh for 2012.

New RSE Fellow 2012

Clues to treatment of child motor neurone disease

Feb 12: Prof Tom Gillingwater and Dr Simon Parson have published new research on a possible treatment to reverse a genetic mutation which causes spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), or floppy baby syndrome.

Clues to treatment of child motor neurone disease

Patrick Wild Centre receives £1 million donation

Jan 2012: The Patrick Wild Centre has received a very generous £1 million donation from Dame Stephanie Shirley.


New MRC grant award

Jan 2012: Congratulations to Professor David Price and co-PI John Mason, who have been awarded £1.2 million for an MRC grant on "Regulation of gene expression in developing cortex by the transcription factor Pax6".