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Lung study points to therapies for chronic coughing disease

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June 2018: Fresh insights into a potentially life-threatening lung disease that causes persistent coughing could pave the way for new therapies

Postdoctoral researcher wins communication prize

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June 2018: Dr Douglas Gibson was awarded a presentation prize at a recent meeting.

MRC Centre for Inflammation Research appoints new Director

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June 2018: The new Director and Deputy Director start their roles effective immediately.

New CIR Personal Chairs

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May 2018: Personal Chairs awarded to four CIR Principal Investigators

Postdoctoral researcher awarded place on the Scottish Crucible

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May 2018: Dr Douglas Gibson has been awarded a place on the Scottish Crucible, an award-winning leadership and development programme.

CIR researcher appointed to British Society for Immunology's Board of Trustees

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May 2018: Dr Calum Bain will join the BSI as an Early Career Trustee, commencing his term of office in July 2018.

Bowel disease study points to new therapies for lifelong conditions

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May 2018: Treatments for incurable bowel conditions may be a step closer following the discovery of a key molecule associated with disease flare-ups.

CIR PhD student through to the "Three Minute Thesis" competition final

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April 2018: PhD student Phoebe Kirkwood will compete in the University of Edinburgh's TMT final.

New study to explore gut 'danger signals' in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

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April 2018: Dr Gwo-Tzer Ho will collaborate with Genentech to investigate the role of damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs) in individuals with Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis, with a goal to develop a new therapeutic approach in IBD.

New BSI appointment for Donald J Davidson

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March 2018: CIR researcher Donald J Davidson has been appointed as the new Public Engagement Secretary for the British Society for Immunology.

MRC CIR Director appointed into new role

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March 2018: Professor Moira Whyte has been appointed as the new Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

Professors elected as Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

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March 2018: Professors Moira Whyte and Elaine Dzierzak have been elected as Fellows of the prestigious Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Fertility study finds hormone that could support early pregnancy

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February 2018: Scientists have identified a hormone that could help prepare the womb lining for pregnancy.

Public Engagement Fellowship for Donald J. Davidson

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February 2018: The MRC CIR’s Academic Lead for Public Engagement & Communication has been awarded a Beltane Public Engagement Fellowship in Infectious Diseases.

£1.7M awarded to help fight chronic liver disease

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January 2018: A clinical study has been given a major financial boost to tackle a silent killer that could affect one in four Scots.

Researchers awarded €2M to develop cancer imaging tools

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January 2018: Dr Marc Vendrell has been awarded a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant to further his group's research.

Androgens 2018 Meeting

The biannual Androgens meeting brings together medical professionals and researchers of all disciplines interested in the action of androgen hormones in health and disease.

News and events from 2017