Centre for Inflammation Research


Researchers in the Centre for Inflammation Research study the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory diseases

Inflammatory disorders are a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Moreover, chronic inflammation invariably leads to tissue and organ fibrosis with adverse functional consequences. There is a critical imperative to identify novel therapeutic targets in inflammation, new approaches to imaging inflammation and fibrosis and to move to translate these developments to clinical applications.

The Centre's mission is to promote the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory diseases through interdisciplinary study of the initiation, regulation and resolution of inflammatory responses and provision of an outstanding environment for research training in the field.

Our research in detail

For a full description of our research, you can visit the research profiles of our Principal Investigators. Our Grants and Publications pages below provide an additional snapshot of live projects and recent research outcomes.

Principal Investigators in CIR

CIR Grants

CIR Publications 

Summaries of selected recent research


The following PDF document provides graphical abstracts of the research carried out by all our current lab groups. Each abstract has a link to the Principal Investigator's profile page. Profile pages give additional biographical, funding and publication information.

Research spotlights

Research Spotlights to give a broader overview of the research themes we explore at the Centre for Inflammation Research. You can get in touch if you want to know more about a particular theme.

Inflammation in COVID-19: Exploration of Critical Aspects of Pathogenesis (ICECAP)

ICECAP was established as a rapid response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We collect and analyse tissue samples to understand COVID-19 and other fatal diseases, contributing to finding tests and treatments for these conditions.

Gut Research Unit (GRU)

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We are interested in understanding how the normal human gut works and the processes that lead to diseases such as Crohn’s and Ulcerative colitis.

Translational Healthcare Technologies (THT)

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Embracing team science across multiple disciplines to enable the rapid development and translation of novel healthcare technologies

Infection Medicine

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Infection Medicine is a multidisciplinary Centre at the University of Edinburgh that consists of academic and clinical research groups working on infectious diseases within the Edinburgh Medical School.


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The u-Care project is investigating the use of deep ultraviolet light for the ultra-precise resection of tissue.

Child Life and Health

Child Life and Health provides undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and conducts research in paediatric and adolescent medicine.

CCAA - Critical Care

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Collaboration for Research Implementation and Training for Critical Care in Asia and Africa, is an international multidisciplinary research collaborative of clinicians, researchers and patients working together to improve care for the critically ill and their families.

Edinburgh Skin Network

The Edinburgh Skin Network: Bringing people together to better understand skin health, disease and personal care.