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Study shines light on cause of chronic kidney disease

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Fresh insights into a protein that causes damage in kidneys and hearts could open up new treatment options for chronic kidney disease, research shows.

Two CIR Professors appointed to the Royal Society of Edinburgh

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Professors Sarah Walmsley and Ewen Harrison are joining the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, as part of the 2023 cohort.

New EU funded technology could improve inflammatory bowel disease diagnosis

IBDSENSE plate assay, demonstrating fluorescent technology
A new European Innovation Council Transition project, IBDSENSE, aims to improve diagnosis and monitoring of inflammatory bowel disease.

Whether born naturally or via cesarean section, babies receive essential microbes from their mothers

Pregnant mother
Do cesarean-born babies miss out on essential microbes? New evidence suggests that the answer may be “no.”

New model for understanding patients with asbestos cancer

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By examining mutations of specific genes in cancer patients, CIR researchers have created a new cellular model that could help develop future personalised treatments for patients with lung mesothelioma .

CIR researchers launch ‘Intensive-Share’ – a patient and public involvement group for paediatric critical care research

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On Saturday 15 October 2022, researchers from CIR and the team at Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity launched a patient and public involvement (PPI) initiative for paediatric critical care research.

Baby’s vaccine responses linked to birth delivery method

Edinburgh Pregnancy Research Team sleeping baby
The method by which a baby is delivered is associated with how their immune system will respond to two key childhood vaccines, research suggests.

Seven CIR staff members awarded CMVM Staff Recognition Awards

A compilation of photos from the 2022 CMVM staff recognition awards ceremony in Playfair Library. Award winners pose with awards
Congratulations to all of the CIR staff members who were recently awarded CMVM Staff Recognition Awards.

Enhancing lipid signals helps control severe asthma, study shows

Histology image of inflamed lung tissue
CIR researchers show that activating specific inflammation lipids can reduce the severity of asthma symptoms and other lung allergies.

Professor David Dockrell appointed to Commission on Human Medicines

Headshot image of Professor David Dockrell with words CIR Director appointed to CHM
CIR Director, Professor Dockrell, has been appointed as one of nine new commissioners on the Commission on Human Medicines.

CIR staff recognised with promotions

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Congratulations to the several members of the Centre for Inflammation Research who have recently been promoted.

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.

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