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CIR presents 2022 Award for Excellence in Public Engagement

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Sofia Sintoris and Michelle Wilson were awarded the 2022 Trainee Award for "Excellence in Public Engagement."

CIR hosts patient and family day exploring paediatric IBD

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On Saturday 21 May, CIR held an event to support young people with IBD and share current IBD research.

Professor David Kluth honoured with OBE

Queen's Birthday Honours List - with headshot of Professor David Kluth
A CIR professor was recognised in this year's Birthday Honours list, to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

Pandemic Science Hub to develop better drugs to fight lung disease

Scientists work at the Baillie Gifford Pandemic Science Hub
A new multi-million pound research programme to develop treatments for lung infections such as Covid-19 and future pandemics has been announced at the University of Edinburgh with support from a significant donation by Baillie Gifford.

Fluorescent probe can track cancer drug progress, study shows

Immunotherapy - image of t cells atacking tumor
Early diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients could be helped by new imaging technology that sheds light on the effectiveness of immunotherapy drugs.

IRR Science Festival group builds vaccines with families at the Edinburgh Science Festival

Children wearing lab coats gathered around a table, looking at nasal spray bottles representing vaccines
April 2022: Two years after planning a workshop about vaccines, the IRR Science Festival Subcommittee was finally able to deliver their hands-on activity face-to-face with families at the 2022 Edinburgh Science Festival.

Antibiotics affect gut microbes of newborns

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Treating babies with antibiotics in the first week of life is linked with a decrease in a number of healthy bacteria necessary to digest milk and an increase in antimicrobial resistance, research suggests.

Tam Dalyell public engagement award win

February 2022: Philippa Saunders, Chair of Reproductive Steroids in the Centre for Inflammation Research, and Andrew Horne, Professor of Gynaecology and Reproductive Sciences in the MRC Centre for Reproductive Health, have won the Tam Dalyell prize for excellence in engaging the public with science.

Kenneth Baillie awarded Wellcome Trust Fellowship

December 2021 – Dr Kenneth Baillie has been awarded a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellowship for the project "Translational genomics in critical care medicine."

Flow Cytometry Team recognised with Hidden REF Award

Mari George, Will Ramsay, and Shonna Johnston wearing lab coats, smiling in a lab
December 2021: Shonna Johnson, Will Ramsay, and Mari George, of QMRI's Flow Cytometry and Cell Sorting Facility, receive a Hidden REF Award.

Introducing the iTPA 50K Impact Fund

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November 2021: First call is open now! Deadline: Apply before Friday 10th December 2021

Postdoc Appreciation Week

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September 2021 – Love Postdocs

Two PhD Students win CIR Public Engagement Award 2021

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August 2021 – Susanna Riley and Jennifer Shelley are the joint winners of the Centre’s 2021 Trainee Award for Excellence in Public Engagement, for their contributions to a variety of Centre initiatives.

Walking Through the COVID-19 Vaccine

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July 2021 – CIR developed a self-guided vaccine-themed walking tour as part of the 2021 Edinburgh Science Festival.

Covid-19 antibiotic use could be improved, says study

Frequently prescribing antibiotics for patients with Covid-19 in hospital is often unnecessary and risks making more bacteria drug-resistant, research suggests.

Light-sensitive drug acts as Trojan horse to kill cancer cells

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May 2021: A light-activated drug that can enter and kill cancer and bacterial cells without harming nearby healthy cells has been tested successfully.

IRR Early Career Innovator 2021

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May 2021: Douglas Gibson wins 2021 IRR Early Career Innovators Competition

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