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News 2015

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Leftover blood samples could aid research

Patients are being invited to donate blood left over from routine tests as part of a wider scheme to aid medical science.

Study links symmetry to faster reactions

Children with more symmetrical hands have speedier mental responses than others, according to a study.

Anatomy workshops open up to public

Public anatomy workshops taking place at the University will be the first of their kind in the UK for more than 180 years.

Blood stores as safe as fresh supplies

Giving freshly donated blood to patients confers no major benefits compared with current practices of transfusing older blood, a study suggests.

Scans may cut heart attack risk

Routine heart scans for patients referred to cardiac clinics with chest pain could reduce heart attack rates, research suggests.

Autism genes and intelligence link found

Genes linked with a greater risk of developing autism may also be associated with higher intelligence, a study suggests.

Dog DNA test warning for pedigree breeders

Breeding dogs on the basis of a single genetic test carries risks and may not improve the health of pedigree lines, experts warn.

Dwarfism gene found

A gene linked to a type of dwarfism has been identified, in a development that will help to provide better diagnoses for those families affected.

GPS dog collars help vets monitor health

Painkillers can help dogs with osteoarthritis to run about nearly in the same way as healthy dogs, a study of their movements has shown.

Drug trial to tackle repeat miscarriages

Women who have suffered recurrent miscarriages are being invited to trial a drug that could help maintain their pregnancy.

Bile duct cancer treatment hope

Patients with bile duct cancer could be helped by a new class of experimental drug, a study has shown.

Bacteria study helps gauge infection risk

Bacteria may be able to jump between species with greater ease than was previously thought, a study suggests.

£1.9 million boost for animal genome analysis

Scientists at The Roslin Institute are aiming to unlock vast amounts of information held within farmed animal genomes with the help of a £1.9 million boost from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

Prescription test for new doctors

New doctors are being put to the test in the first national assessment of their prescribing skills.

Smokers tend to have thinner brain cortex

People who give up smoking might reduce accelerated thinning of the cortex - the brain’s outer layer which is important for thinking skills, a study suggests.

Valentine’s campaign for childhood epilepsy

People are being asked to share their top five greatest loves this Valentine’s Day to raise awareness of childhood epilepsy through social media.

New centre for learning difficulties

Children and young people with learning difficulties are set to benefit from a new £5 million research and support centre at the University in association with the charity Mindroom.

Funding boost for dementia research

Scientists investigating the causes of dementia will study how lifestyle factors impact blood flow in the brain.

Kidney images reveal how organ develops

Striking images reveal new insights into how the kidney develops from a group of cells into a complex organ.

Smoking in pregnancy alters baby’s DNA

Smoking while pregnant causes chemical changes to the DNA of the unborn baby that may predispose them to lifelong health conditions, research shows.

Sugar key to lowering osteoarthritis risk

People at risk of osteoarthritis following orthopaedic surgery could be helped by new way to protect cartilage from damage.

Cancer study offers radiotherapy hope

Some older women with breast cancer could avoid radiotherapy, without harming their chances of survival, scientists say.

DNA study helps solve mutations mystery

Scientists have shed light on how naturally occurring mutations can be introduced into our DNA.

Gene study unlocks brain secrets

Scientists have identified five key genes that impact the size of structures in the brain, a study in Nature reveals.

Wellcome Trust-University of Edinburgh Institutional Strategic Support Fund

Applications for the second round of the Wellcome Trust-University of Edinburgh Institutional Strategic Support Fund (WT-ISSF) should be submitted by CMVM staff before the internal deadline of Friday 27th March 2015, 5.00pm

Gene study to investigate ageing brain

More than 1,000 Scots are to have their entire genetic make-up decoded to help explain why some people’s brains age better than others.

£15m boost for Scotland’s gene research

A major investment in gene sequencing technology will secure Scotland’s place as a world leader in a genomics revolution that is set to transform healthcare.

£50m bid to tackle dementia

People at risk of dementia will benefit from a £50 million initiative to improve drugs that could prevent the condition.

Study sheds light on dementia

How far north a person lives could influence their risk of developing dementia, a study suggests.

Study tackles hospital readmissions

Hospital patients who require treatment in intensive care units could be helped by new research that seeks to reduce hospital readmission rates.

Crohn’s study seeks to find disease causes

British scientists are playing a key role in a global quest to find the causes of an incurable bowel condition.

Epilepsy research online

The Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre may be a ‘centre without walls’ but it is not a centre without a website as it launches its brand new home on the web.

Inaugural Lectures

Public lectures given by Professors or Chairs newly appointed by the University.