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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

Sunlight linked with lower Covid-19 deaths, study suggests

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April 2021: Sunnier areas are associated with fewer deaths from Covid-19, an observational study suggests.

New cell behaviour discovered in the immune system which affects rheumatoid arthritis

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March 2021: Scientists at the Centre for Inflammation Research have discovered a previously unknown behaviour of key cells in the immune system which affects the course of common autoimmune conditions.

New genetic clues to Crohn's disease unravelled - Herald Exclusive

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March 2021: Researchers have unravelled new clues to help explain why a particular genetic mutation is more common in people with Crohn's disease.

Samanta Mariani is awarded a Chancellor's Fellowship

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January 2021: Samanta Mariani becomes a Chancellor's Fellow at the Centre, following successful application to the prestigious 5-year tenure track scheme.

STOPCOVID team wins the Principal's Award for Exceptional Contribution

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December 2020: The Principal's Medal is the highest award that can be given in recognition of staff and students' outstanding contributions to the University.

Ross Dobie wins the SULSA Wildcard Prize 2020

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December 2020: Postdoctoral researcher Ross Dobie has been awarded the Wildcard Prize by SULSA as part of their Early Career Researcher (ECR) Prizes.

Research collaboration awarded €750,000 to find AI routes to liver diagnosis

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December 2020: Researchers at the University of Edinburgh are part of an international collaboration that has been awarded €750,000 (£690,000) for a project to develop diagnostic tools for liver disease affecting millions worldwide.

Portraits of the pandemic: celebrating CIR scientists in the College COVID-19 response

Photography portraits of Kev Dhaliwal, Jennifer Marshall and Kenny Baillie
December 2020: Three members of the Centre feature in new portraits celebrating the response of the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine (CMVM) to the pandemic.

Promising new target for the treatment of bile duct cancer

Human bile duct cancer containing tumour cells, cancer associated fibroblasts, and Fn14 receptors
November 2020: New research suggests that disruption of a chemical messenger TWEAK could disrupt the growth of an aggressive form of liver cancer and improve the effectiveness of current treatments for the disease.

£6.1 million secured to transform healthcare with deep ultraviolet light

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September 2020: The U-Care project aims to develop new treatments for dangerous infections and inoperable tumours – two of the biggest challenges in modern medicine.

Frances Collins awarded Chartered Scientist

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September 2020: Chartered scientist status is an award made by the Science Council to those with evidence of outstanding achievement, skills, specialist knowledge and independent management of complex problems as well as professional integrity.

Doug Gibson wins the Wellcome-Beit Prize for his fellowship application

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September 2020: In addition to his Sir Henry Dale Fellowship, Doug Gibson has been awarded the Wellcome-Beit Prize in recognition of the quality of his fellowship application.

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