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£6.1 million secured to transform healthcare with deep ultraviolet light
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
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
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
August 2020: Unprecedented effort by UK immunologists to search for answers on COVID-19
CIR Promotions - August 2020
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
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
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.
Army of scientists re-deployed in search for Covid-19 treatments
April 2020: STOPCOVID
QMRI cell sorting facility wins Silver Award for sustainability
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
June 2019: The fight against superbugs could be helped by the discovery of a potential therapy based on the body’s natural immune defences.
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
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
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’
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"
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
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
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
March 2019: Parliamentary engagement by one of our early career researchers
Children’s noses hold clues to serious lung infections, study shows
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
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
March 2019: Newly appointed RSE Fellows
Marc Vendrell awarded the 2018 Marcial Moreno Lectureship
January 2019: CIR Principal Investigator awarded a prestigious Lectureship from the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry