College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine

News 2013

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Mental disorders link to heart disease risk

Men with mental disorders are more at risk of developing coronary heart disease, according to a study.

Doctor celebrates online learning first

A surgeon from Malawi has become the first doctor from his country to graduate from an online surgical training programme.

Cash for cancer centre

The University’s Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre is one of 15 institutes to benefit from a £100 million UK-wide cash injection.

PhD studentships for 2014

The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine is one of the oldest centres of its kind in the United Kingdom, yet one of the most dynamic and progressive.

Lancet brain study

Patients with a condition that causes blood vessels in the brain to form an abnormal tangle could be helped by new research.

Organ scarring study points to therapies

Patients with damaged organs could be helped by new treatments after scientists have discovered how tissues scar.

Roslin team helps solve elephant riddle

Edinburgh scientists have helped show that an 'Asian' elephant foetus used to name the species is actually African.

Chancellor’s Award for Professor Helen Cameron

The University has honoured three members of staff for their contribution to teaching and research including Professor Helen Cameron.

Recruitment call for Royal Medical Society

The Royal Medical Society is inviting applications from medical students and doctors to sit on their Editorial Board, Student Reviewer Team or Expert Reviewer Team for 2013-14.

Historic Day for Polish Medicine at The University of Edinburgh

On Wednesday 23rd October 2013, nine Polish medical universities and two research Institutes signed Memoranda of Understanding with the University’s College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, further developing academic links in the field of postgraduate study and collaborative research.

Giant hologram gives training extra dimension

A full colour, animated 3D hologram of the human body is to go on public display for the first time.

Vote for our 3 Minute Thesis winner

College finalist represents University at international competition.

Anne Rowling Clinic opens

The Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic has been opened by University Chancellor, HRH The Princess Royal.

Call for change to stem cell regulation

Professor Emeritus Sir Ian Wilmut says a global stem cell standard could pave the way for universal therapy.

Coeliac disease on rise

More children than ever before are living with a debilitating digestive disease, research has shown.

Lab will fill stem cell research niche

A £10 million building project is set to further enhance the University’s world leading stem cell research.

Study could help treat ectopic pregnancies

Women with ectopic pregnancies could be spared surgery if they are treated with a lung cancer drug, a study suggests.

Centre opens to improve avian health

A national centre for poultry health and welfare has been officially opened today by the Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts.

Study could aid transplants for diabetics

Diabetic patients could benefit from a breakthrough that enables scientists to take cells from the pancreas and change their function to produce insulin.

Cattle can be a source of MRSA in people

A type of MRSA found in humans originated in cattle at least 40 years ago, new research has found.

College finalist wins University 3 Minute Thesis competition

Christopher West, winner of the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine 3 Minute Thesis final back in May, took first prize at the University of Edinburgh Final on Wednesday 24 July with his presentation “Blood, sweat and ears”.

MS study targets damage affecting nerves

Multiple sclerosis treatments that repair damage to the brain could be developed thanks to new research.

Link-up boosts neurodegenerative research

Research into multiple sclerosis and motor neurone disease is to be boosted with an international collaboration to further understanding of these illnesses.

Trials aim to find drugs for MS

Scientists are soon to begin trials to test whether existing drugs for a range of conditions could be used to treat multiple sclerosis.

Air pollution impact on heart failure

Air pollution can increase death rates and hospital admissions among people living with heart failure, a study has shown.

Dissecting history

One of the University’s hidden gems, the Anatomy Museum houses some 5,500 items, with around 300 on public display.

Clot-buster trial aids stroke patients

Patients given a clot-busting drug after a stroke are more likely to have a long-lasting recovery, research shows.

Stem cells of standard to test drugs

Drug development for a range of conditions could be improved with stem cell technology that helps doctors predict the safety and the effectiveness of potential treatments.

3 Minute Thesis competition winners

Sixteen PhD students from the College put their presenting skills to the test on 30th May in the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine’s first 3 Minute Thesis competition.

Spotlight on obesity

Health problems linked to obesity, like heart disease and diabetes, could skip an entire generation, a study suggests.

Hope for stroke patients

Stroke patients at risk of blood clots and death could be helped by a compression device that wraps around the legs.

Zebrafish aid motor neuron research

A discovery made in fish could aid research into motor neuron disease.

Hope for Scots with bowel diseases

People living with inflammatory bowel disease will take part in two global studies that may improve treatment.

Improved health monitoring

Mothers and babies could benefit from improvements in tracking how medical interventions reach developing nations.

Sunshine could benefit health

Exposing skin to sunlight may help to reduce blood pressure, cut the risk of heart attack and stroke, a study suggests.

3 Minute Thesis Competition

We are excited to announce that the University is running a 3 Minute Thesis competition, and we need current PhD students to take part! Think you’ve got what it takes to sum up your thesis in just 3 minutes, with just 1 slide?

Scientists make key stem cell discovery

Scientists have made a fundamental discovery about how the properties of embryonic stem cells are controlled.

Healthiest kids eat same food as parents

Young children who eat the same meals as their parents are far more likely to have healthier diets than those who eat different foods, according to research.

Understanding patient satisfaction

Patient satisfaction with surgery depends on a wide range of factors, researchers say.

Spotlight on child health

Childhood deaths from diarrhoea and pneumonia could be eliminated in just over a decade, researchers say.

Study targets costly pig virus

A fast mutating virus that affects pig herds and costs pork producers millions of pounds each year is being targeted by scientists.

Link to strengthen China animal care

The role that vets in China can play in safeguarding animal welfare will be strengthened by an agreement enhancing the country’s veterinary training.

Scientists tackle elephant virus

Scientists may be a step closer towards the development of a vaccine against a virus that is killing scores of Asian elephants, many of them in captivity.

Funding boost for stem cell research

Research to find therapies for chronic and untreatable conditions will be boosted with a multi-million pound funding announcement.

Equine model aids veterinary teaching

Vet students will be better prepared to tackle a common condition in horses by practising on the first life-size equine model of its kind in the UK.

Study looks at why chickens overeat

The welfare of poultry could be improved by a discovery about how chickens regulate their appetites.

Study sheds light on mood disorders

People at risk of depression could benefit from earlier medical care, a brain study suggests.

IQ loss linked to Schizophrenia genes

People at greater genetic risk of schizophrenia could see a fall in IQ as they age, study shows.

Epilepsy centre given Royal approval

Children with epilepsy will benefit from a new research centre at the University aimed at early diagnosis and treatment.

New initiative to tackle brain disorders

An international partnership is to carry out research into brain disorders such as autism and dementia.

Gene gives motor neurone disease insight

A discovery using stem cells from a patient with motor neurone disease could help research into treatments for the condition.

Call for better end-of-life support

University researchers are calling for improved emotional care for patients approaching the end of their life.

Protein triggers stem cell development

A natural trigger that enables stem cells to become any cell-type in the body has been discovered by scientists.

Men miss social cues, study shows

It's true what women say - they are better at reading others than men.

Global study reveals pneumonia impact

A University study has revealed the impact of chest infections on the world’s children.

Scientists to shed light on the brain

University scientists are to take part in a 10-year project to better understand the human brain.

Bacteria discovery aids stem cell research

A discovery about the way in which bugs spread throughout the body could help to develop stem cell treatments.

Harmful cells also aid liver repair

Liver damage could be repaired by the same cells that harm the organ in the first place, a study suggests.

Brain rhythms help sense of location

Scientists have shed light on how mechanisms in the brain work to give us a sense of location.

Hormone could treat low testosterone

Men whose low testosterone levels leave them more vulnerable to heart disease could be helped by treatments based on a hormone named after a chocolate.

Gel boosts stem cell studies

University scientists have found a new way to manufacture stem cells for research into treating diseases.