News archive 2017-2019
New archive 2017-2019
Stories from the College from 2017-2019.
Tissue repair PhD student wins University 'Three Minute Thesis' competition
Phoebe Kirkwood of the MRC Centre for Inflammation Research has won the University of Edinburgh's 'Three Minute Thesis' competition, sending her on to the UK Final.
Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society is launched
The new Wellcome Trust-backed Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society held an official launch event on Monday 25 June.
Celebrating a decade of Edinburgh Clinical Academic Track (ECAT)
In 2018 the Edinburgh Clinical Academic Track programme celebrates its tenth year of existence. We speak to ECAT fellows past and present to find out about their experience of the programme.
£53m for research to probe genetic links to health and disease
Research into human genetics has received a £53 million boost from the Medical Research Council (MRC).
Medical School receives glowing report
Edinburgh Medical School has been praised in the General Medical Council’s national review of medical education and training in Scotland.
Cancer patients to benefit from surgery study
Improved care for patients undergoing cancer surgery is the focus of a pioneering worldwide study.
Bowel disease study points to new therapies
Treatments for incurable bowel conditions may be a step closer following the discovery of a key molecule associated with disease flare-ups.
Researchers to evaluate NHS tech scheme
Impact of a flagship NHS programme aimed at improving the use of digital technology in hospitals is to be assessed.
Depression study pinpoints genes linked to the condition
Scientists discover nearly 80 genes that could be linked to depression.
Painkillers in pregnancy may affect baby’s fertility
Taking painkillers during pregnancy could affect the fertility of the unborn child in later life, research suggests.
Street dogs to benefit from app that keeps canine health on track
Improved care for street dogs is the goal of a new smartphone app devised by an international team of animal welfare experts.
£2.4m boost for brain tumour research
Scientists at Edinburgh are to receive £2.4 million to find new ways to tackle brain tumours.
£2.2m boost for pioneering research into mental health conditions
Novel research aimed at better understanding mental health conditions such as depression is to receive a £2.2 million investment.
Cancer patients’ pain eased by simple bedside chart
A new study suggests patients with cancer could benefit from a simple bedside system to manage their pain.
Landmark stroke study could hold key to new therapies
Fresh insights into the biological causes of stroke could pave the way for new therapies, following a major study.
Emotional support is key for stroke patients
Doctors caring for severe stroke patients need to take account of their psychological needs and help prepare families for the possibility that they may not recover, a study suggests.
People from most ethnic groups who were born abroad but live in Scotland have lower death rates than those born here, a study has found.
Education essential in fight against rabies
A study of schools in Malawi suggests that education could play a more prominent role in the fight against the disease.
Cow study sheds light on microbes that aid digestion
Meat and milk production from cattle could one day be boosted, thanks to DNA analysis of the microbes in cows’ stomachs.
Fertility hormone could support early pregnancy
Scientists have pinpointed a hormone that could help prepare the womb lining for pregnancy, research shows.
Insights into depression could speed up new treatments
Fresh insights into changes in the brain linked to depression could pave the way for new therapies.
Surgical infections linked to drug-resistant bugs
People having surgery in low income countries are more likely to develop an infection than those in wealthier nations, which may be linked to drug-resistant bacteria, research suggests.
Funding available for innovative projects in teaching, research and student experience
Previous successful projects from across the College have ranged from high altitude research in Bolivia to a virtual slaughterhouse simulator for vet e-learning.
Female hormones may be linked to asthma
Fluctuations in female sex hormones could play a role in the development of allergies and asthma, a major review of evidence suggests.
Family’s gift to establish epilepsy fund
A major fund has been established to support pioneering research into mental health and early death in people with epilepsy.
£54m drive to improve health with data research
Experts at the University of Edinburgh are to lead the Scottish element of a UK-wide initiative to address healthcare challenges by harnessing the power of data science.
Lung probe speeds detection of infections
A medical imaging technology under development has enabled doctors to see bacteria deep inside patients’ lungs for the first time.
China healthcare collaboration commended
A University healthcare initiative has been honoured at the China-Scotland Business Awards.
Easter Bush event celebrates innovations in agriculture
Bill Gates and Government Minister Penny Mordaunt visited the Easter Bush campus to showcase how communities worldwide are being helped by agricultural research.
Two simple tests could help to pinpoint cause of stroke
New approach could revolutionise the way doctors manage strokes caused by bleeding in the brain.
Insight into heavy periods could pave way for treatments
Scientists have uncovered a cause of heavy menstrual bleeding that offers hope for women living with the condition.
College staff recognised in New Year’s Honours
Colleagues from across the College were included in the New Year Honours List when it was announced at the end of 2017.
Homeless people and pets focus of student appeal
Vet students are spreading Christmas cheer this winter by distributing rucksacks filled with essential items to homeless people and their pets.
New approaches to breeding resistance to salmon flu
Roslin Institute scientists use genome editing technology to prevent disease in salmon aquaculture.
Heart attack test predicts silent risk
A simple blood test could help identify people at risk of a heart attack, a study has found.
Halloumi cheese gets a helping hand from science
Scottish scientists have joined a Europe-wide bid to secure the future supply of Cyprus’ finest food export – halloumi cheese.
Chimp study reveals how brain’s structure shaped evolution
Chimpanzee brains may be more different from those of humans than was previously thought, according to new research that sheds light on our evolution.
Seizure study sheds light on lasting brain effects
Prolonged convulsive seizures in childhood could be linked to the development of other brain conditions, a study suggests.
Queen’s Prize honours research to improve women’s health
The University of Edinburgh has received a prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its work to improve women’s health.
First Doctor of Dentistry graduates at Edinburgh
Dr Abdullah Aly Alkalaly became our very first Doctor of Dentistry at the 2018 winter graduations.
Individuals honoured at McEwan Hall
Law graduate and philanthropist, Donald MacDonald and doctor and activist, Denis Mukwege were among honorary graduates at the winter ceremony.
Brain map sheds light on smokers’ habit
Smokers may be predisposed to their habit because of the molecular make-up of their brain, research suggests.
Brain study sheds light on how dementia spreads
Insights into how a key chemical disrupts brain cells in a common type of dementia have been revealed by scientists.
Brain cell advance brings hope for CJD
Scientists have developed a new system to study Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in the laboratory, paving the way for research to find treatments for the fatal brain disorder.
Usher Institute Professor wins 2017 Chancellor's Rising Star Award
Professor Devi Sridhar has been recognised for the exceptional contribution she has made in the field of global health governance.
Skulls reveal origin of Canary Isles’ aboriginals
Aboriginal people who lived on the Canary Islands before European colonisation originated from North Africa, a DNA study has found.
Success at World Canoeing Championships for Biomedical Sciences student
Eilidh Gibson was part of Team GB C1 team who took home gold in the World Championships.
Building for the future of Regenerative Medicine in Edinburgh
Construction of new Centre of Tissue Repair has begun on the Edinburgh BioQuarter Campus.
Social media studies need tighter controls
Information shared on social media is being regularly used in research projects without users’ consent, a study suggests.
The first ever global Zoonotic TB roadmap
A roadmap to combat Zoonotic Tuberculosis has been launched at the Union World Conference on Lung Health in Mexico.