Centre for Inflammation Research

News and events 2018

Read the latest news & events from the Centre for Inflammation Research

PhD student wins poster prize

Pieter presents his work in a lecture theatre
November 2018: Pieter Louwe was awarded one of four prizes.

Proteus to be awarded Combined Royal Colleges Medal from the Royal Photographic Society

Optical image cores produced by EPSRC-supported Proteus Project
November 2018: Proteus leaders are to be awarded the Combined Royal Colleges Medal for "an outstanding contribution to the advancement and/or application of medical photography or the wider field of medical imaging".

Phoebe wins second place for her Three Minute Thesis

Phoebe Kirkwood 3MT slide
November 2018: Phoebe Kirkwood from CIR has been awarded second prize in the prestigious international Universitas 21 3 Minute Thesis competition.

Bacterial imaging probe is safe for patient use, study finds

Images of lung tissue of a patient with bronchiectasis
October 2018: Imaging technology that detects deadly pneumonia infections in under 60 seconds is safe and practical for clinical use, a study has found.

Vote for Phoebe!

Phoebe Kirkwood presents her three minute thesis with a presentation
October 2018: The final section of the 3MT competition sees Phoebe up for a public vote.

Edinburgh World Pneumonia Day Symposium

Come to the Symposium, and learn what world-class research is currently taking place in the battle against this respiratory disease.

Art meets science at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

The Cheyne Gang choir and students from the University of Edinburgh
August 2018: On 21-22 August 2018, EPSRC Proteus IRC took part in the Edinburgh International Book Festival for the second year running, under the title 'Creativity for Breathing' and supported by the Wellcome Trust.

Imaging advance set to speed up quest for cell-based therapies

August 2018: Cancer treatments that involve transplanting cells into patients could move forward faster thanks to a new imaging system. 

Promotion for CIR Principal Investigator

The University of Edinburgh logo
August 2018: Dr Rodger Duffin has been promoted to the position of Reader

Androgens 2018 - A Society for Endocrinology Themed Scientific 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.

CIR researchers appear on Channel 4's 'Food Unwrapped' TV show

A cup of coffee with a foam heart
July 2018: Professors Jonathan Fallowfield and Peter Hayes appeared on a Channel 4 show to talk about coffee and liver health.

Proteus Public Engagement Strategist receives PgCert in Academic Practice

A member of the public "diagnoses" lung disease with a dummy torso and an endoscope.
July 2018: Dr Helen Szoor-McElhinney, Public Engagement Strategist for the CIR-based Proteus collaboration, has earned a Postgraduate Certificate.

Postdoctoral researcher wins early career prize lecture

July 2018: Dr Douglas Gibson has been announced as the winner of the Society for Endocrinology Early Career Prize lecture 2018.

Global Challenges Research Fund strengthens Proteus collaboration with India

Visitors from Aravind Eye Care System (Madurai, India)
July 2018: EPSRC Proteus IRC hosted Dr Prajna and Dr Lalitha from Aravind Eye Care System (Madurai, India) last week.

MP for Edinburgh East visits Proteus

June 2018: The EPSRC Proteus Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration were pleased to host Tommy Sheppard, MP for Edinburgh East, at the Centre for Inflammation Research.

MRC CIR Away Day

Photo of CIR Staff at Away Day 2018
June 2018: Staff and students from across the Centre attended the second CIR away day

CIR PhD student wins University 'Three Minute Thesis' competition

Phoebe Kirkwood receiving her prize for the three minute thesis competition
June 2018: Phoebe Kirkwood has won the University of Edinburgh's 'Three Minute Thesis' competition, sending her on to the national finals.

Lung study points to therapies for chronic coughing disease

A cartoon showing airways with and without bronchiectasis
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

Douglas Gibson receiving a prize certificate from conference organisers
June 2018: Dr Douglas Gibson was awarded a presentation prize at a recent meeting.

MRC Centre for Inflammation Research appoints new Director

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

New CIR Personal Chairs

The University of Edinburgh logo
May 2018: Personal Chairs awarded to four CIR Principal Investigators

Postdoctoral researcher awarded place on the Scottish Crucible

Official logo for Scottish Crucible
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

Portrait photo of Dr Calum Bain
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

A 3D graphic of a human highlighting where the bowel is.
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

Phoebe Kirkwood presents her three minute thesis with a presentation
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)

An image showing gut cells taken from a patient with inflammatory bowel disease
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.

PhD student wins gold at STEM for BRITAIN Parliamentary showcase

PhD student Helen Parker stands next to her winning poster at the STEM for BRITAIN showcase
March 2018: Proteus/OPTIMA PhD student Helen Parker was awarded both a gold medal and the overall prize for Physics during March’s STEM for BRITAIN showcase for early career researchers.

New BSI appointment for Donald J Davidson

Headshot of Dr Donald Davidson
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

Professor Moira Whyte
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

Portrait photos of Prof Moira Whyte and Elaine Dzierzak
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

A photo of a pregnant woman
February 2018: Scientists have identified a hormone that could help prepare the womb lining for pregnancy.

Public Engagement Fellowship for Donald J. Davidson

Headshot of Dr Donald Davidson
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

Graphic of a human liver
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

Cartoon of fluorescent probes for imaging macrophages.
January 2018: Dr Marc Vendrell has been awarded a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant to further his group's research.

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