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£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.

Prakash Ramachandran wins the EASL Emerging Leader Award

September 2020: The European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) have awarded Dr Prakash Ramachandran their Emerging Leader Award for 2020

NIHR and UKRI funding for Covid-19 research

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August 2020: Unprecedented effort by UK immunologists to search for answers on COVID-19

CIR Promotions - August 2020

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August 2020: The CIR would like to congratulate Marc Vendrell and Doug Gibson on their recent promotions

EBSOC Delivery Team wins the CIR Public Engagement award 2020

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June 2020 – Ross Dobie, Elena Dora and Katie Smith have been presented with the Centre’s 2020 Trainee Award for Excellence in Public Engagement for their work with schools, including lab-based workshops at EBSOC.

Jennifer Shelley wins the IRR Early Career Innovators Competition

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June 2020: CIR PhD student Jennifer Shelley has won the IRR Early Career Innovators Competition, pitching to industry and investment experts to win £5k research funding.

QMRI cell sorting facility wins Silver Award for sustainability

The Flow Cytometry and Cell Sorting Facility win a Silver Lab Sustainability Award
January 2020:The Flow Cytometry and Cell Sorting Facility is the first BioQuarter lab to achieve a Silver Sustainability Award.

CIR launches new kind of PhD to give future researchers an edge

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A new PhD programme that aims to also teach engagement skills in future medical researchers is looking for its first intake of students.

Imaging tools help cancer team build clearer picture of tumours

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October 2019: Early diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients could be helped by new imaging technology that sheds light on how tumours form

Fresh insights could lead to new treatments for liver disease

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October 2019: The fight against liver disease could be helped by the discovery of cells that cause liver scarring

Edinburgh Inflammatory Bowel disease rates amongst highest in the world

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August 2019: 1 in 125 people in Lothian have Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, which is forecast to rise to 1 in 98 by 2028

Marc Vendrell wins the Emerging Talent Award SRUK 2019 for his work to improve the clinical diagnosis of diseases

Marc Vendrell is presented with his SRUK emerging talent award at the UK Embassy of Spain.
December 2019: The Society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom (SRUK/CERU) and the Banco Santander Foundation have awarded, in their fourth edition, the Emerging Talent Award SRUK 2019 to Dr Marc Vendrell

CIR Away Day

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June 2019: Staff and students from across the Centre attended the third annual CIR away day

Centre awards for Public Engagement and 3-minute talks

June 2019: Awards for "Excellence in Public Engagement" and the first Centre 3-minute talk competition were presented to Maria Panagopoulou and Caroline Chauche

Tiny probe that senses deep in the lung set to shed light on disease

The size of the sensor allows measurement in the alveolar sacs of the lungs, where gas exchange occurs
June 2019: A hair-sized probe that can measure key indicators of tissue damage deep in the lung has been developed by scientists.

Bid to beat superbugs boosted by immune defence discovery

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June 2019: The fight against superbugs could be helped by the discovery of a potential therapy based on the body’s natural immune defences.

CIR Promotions

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May 2019: The CIR would like to congratulate David Kluth, Donald J Davidson, Nik Hirani and Alan Serrels on their promotions

CIR part of a €4M European training network on molecular imaging

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May 2019: The €4M Innovative Training Network NOVA-MRI has been awarded by the European Commission to develop new tools for molecular imaging in humans

Immune discovery set to boost cancer therapies, study suggests

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May 2019: Cancer therapies that use immune cells to trigger the body to attack tumours could be improved by a molecule that boosts their function.

CIR / BSI conference ‘Inflammation: from Initiation to Restoration’

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May 2019: The University of Edinburgh Centre for Inflammation Research and the British Society for Immunology's Inflammation Affinity Group organised and co-hosted an international conference ‘Inflammation: from Initiation to Restoration’ over 24–26 April 2019 in Edinburgh

Launch of primary school online resources for "The Mould that Changed the World"

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May 2019: This innovative public engagement project "The Mould that Changed the World" is a musical which harnesses the power of music and drama to raise awareness of the important health crisis of antimicrobial resistance.

Crohn's disease research set to benefit from £1.8m funding boost

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April 2019: An international philanthropic trust has awarded significant funding to aid scientists' understanding of the currently incurable condition known as Crohn's disease.

CIR research features on front cover of New Scientist

New Scientist featuring Richard Weller's work from the CIR
March 2019: New Scientist's cover story on 16th March entitled 'Let the Sunshine In' featured Dr Richard Weller's work on UV's effects on Cardiovascular Health

CIR Researcher quizzes Parliamentarians

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March 2019: Parliamentary engagement by one of our early career researchers

Children’s noses hold clues to serious lung infections, study shows

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March 2019: Tiny organisms in a child’s nose could offer clues to improving the diagnosis and treatment of severe lung infections, research shows.

Two PIs from the CIR join a prestigious scheme from the Academy of Medical Sciences

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March 2019: Marc Vendrell and Richard Mellanby have been selected to be part of the first cohort of UK emerging leaders to participate in the FLIER leadership programme

Royal Society appoints CIR staff

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March 2019: Newly appointed RSE Fellows

Marc Vendrell awarded the 2018 Marcial Moreno Lectureship

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January 2019: CIR Principal Investigator awarded a prestigious Lectureship from the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry

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