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Study shows how salmonella thrives

Scientists have gained fresh insights into how the salmonella bug makes us ill.

Drug study aids stroke

Anti-depressants may help stroke patients recover, according to a new study.

Scientists pinpoint origin of intelligence

Scientists have discovered for the first time how humans - and other mammals - have evolved to have intelligence.

New director to lead research into reproductive health

Professor Jeffrey Pollard will formally take up appointment as Director of the MRC Centre for Reproductive Health with effect from 17th December 2012.

New brain gene born, study shows

Scientists have taken a step forward in helping to solve one of life’s greatest mysteries - what makes us human?

Medical history on display

Members of the public can gain an insight into Edinburgh’s illustrious history with a visit to the University’s Anatomical Museum.

Exercise for brain health, study suggests

People who exercise later in life may better protect their brain from age-related changes than those who do not, a study suggests.

Discovery proves nerve signal theory

Scientists have proved a 60-year-old theory about how nerve signals are sent around the body at varying speeds as electrical impulses.

Genetics up close

The University’s MRC Human Genetics Unit and the MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM) were recently awarded almost £60 million to help scientists gain fresh insights into illnesses and inherited disorders.

Fragile X study offers new drug hope

An experimental drug can improve sociability in patients with fragile X syndrome and may be helpful as a treatment for autism, according to a study.

Study reveal brain cells' weakest links

People with degenerative neurological conditions could benefit from research that shows why their brain cells stop communicating properly.

Brain mapping pinpoints location of genes

Research into neurodegenerative diseases could be helped by a project that shows for the first time where thousands of genes are located in the human brain.

Funding boost for genetic research

Almost £60 million of awards from the Medical Research Council (MRC) will help scientists gain fresh insights into illnesses and inherited disorders.

Cholesterol study points to new drugs

Insight into how our bodies make cholesterol could lead to treatments with fewer side-effects than existing drugs.

Nanofibre health risk quantified

Health risks posed to people who work with tiny fibres used in manufacturing industries could be reduced, thanks to new research.

Link with China to boost genetic research

Research in the growing field of genomics will be boosted by an initiative that brings together scientific expertise from China and Edinburgh.

Discovery sheds light on flu infections

Scientists have discovered a new gene in the influenza virus that helps the virus control the body’s response to infection.

Gallbladder surgery risks studied

Elderly patients having gallbladder surgery may be more at risk depending on where they are treated.

Lecture spotlights medical career path

The University is hosting a lecture to help senior school pupils know more about what a medical career involves.

Royal nod to researchers

Two medical researchers based at the University have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Centre boosts regenerative medicine

Research into conditions from multiple sclerosis to heart disease will benefit from cutting-edge stem cell research facilities.

Stroke clot-buster trial shows benefits

Researchers find that stroke survivors are more able to look after themselves following treatment with rt-PA.

Study highlights how superbug spreads

Hospitals in large cities act as breeding grounds for the superbug MRSA prior to it spreading to smaller hospitals.

Study looks at benefits of inducing labour

Babies born when labour is induced around their due date may have better survival rates than those whose birth is not induced.

Low testosterone levels linked to diabetes

Low levels of testosterone in men could increase their risk of developing diabetes.

New technique could predict heart attacks

A new imaging method could help improve how doctors predict a patient’s risk of having a heart attack.

Vets work on mystery of "robotic cats"

Vets are working to find the cause of a neurological condition that has been affecting Scottish cats during the last decade.

Scans could aid delivery decisions

Scientists are using MRI scans to see if they can determine when best to deliver babies that are not growing as fast as they should in the womb.

Tiny sensors could aid rapid MRSA detection

A simple test to identify MRSA in wounds could identify the superbug quickly and help prevent infection from spreading.

Stem cell study boosts MND research

A breakthrough using cutting-edge stem cell research could speed up the discovery of new treatments for motor neurone disease (MND).

£3m cystic fibrosis trial begins

Edinburgh researchers are to take part in a groundbreaking gene therapy trial for cystic fibrosis (CF).

New postgraduate programmes

The College is recruiting to seven new postgraduate programmes for 2012-13, expanding its already extensive portfolio of taught Masters, Diplomas and Certificates to 39 programmes.

Cell production could help liver disease

University scientists have shed light on how the liver repairs itself with research that could help develop drugs to treat liver disease.

Anatomy museum highlights medical history

Members of the public can gain an insight into Edinburgh’s illustrious history with a visit to the University’s Anatomical Museum.

Zebrafish aid motor neurone research

The quest for treatments for motor neurone disease, spinal cord injury and strokes could be helped by new research that shows how key cells are produced.

Nano discs pose potential health risk

A revolutionary material that is used in computer technology could pose health risks to those involved in its manufacture.

Lecture marks centenary of Lister's death

A public lecture is being held at the University to mark the centenary of the death of Joseph Lister, who is famed for pioneering the use of antiseptics.

Anatomy museum opens doors to public

A facial cast of mass murderer William Burke taken shortly before his execution is to form part of an exhibition of medical artefacts.