Emma Wilson

Thesis title: Developing a meta-research framework for in vivo models of neurodevelopmental disorders

Clinical Brain Sciences (PhD)

  • Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences

Contact details

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Emma is a PhD student in the CAMARADES Research Group at the University of Edinburgh. She specialises in the meta-research of preclinical experimental data. She is currently supervised by Professor Emily Sena and Professor Peter Kind. Her PhD project is funded by the Simons Initiative for the Developing Brain (SIDB). She is passionate about open and reproducible research, and enjoys engaging the public with her research.

Research experience

  • Research Associate (0.2FTE), UK Reproducibility Network, The University of Bristol (2021 - 2022)
  • Research Assistant, CAMARADES, The University of Edinburgh (2019 - 2021)


  • PhD in Clinical Brain Sciences, The University of Edinburgh (2021 - 2025)
  • BSc in Neuroscience, The University of Edinburgh (2015 - 2019)

Responsibilities & affiliations

  • Member, UKRN Academy (2022 - present)
  • Member, Edinburgh ReproducibiliTea Working Group (2020 - present)

Research summary

Meta-research techniques are increasingly used to summarise research literatures, and inform areas of research improvement. Systematic review is a structured meta-research approach that follows a pre-specified protocol to identify and assess evidence related to a specific research question. Meta-analyses combine quantitative outcome data from individual studies to identify average effects and effect moderators (including aspects of study design).


Open code & datasets

Conference presentations

  • An automated screening tool to identify in vitro research. Edinburgh Neuroscience Day, Sep 2021, Online [ Poster]
  • Developing a living evidence summary of preclinical in vivo focal cerebral ischaemia research. European Stroke Organisation Conference, Sep 2021, Online [Poster]

  • Automated screening to assist a living systematic summary of primary in vivo focal cerebral ischaemic stroke research. Neuromatch 3.0 Conference, Oct 2020, Online [Slides]

  • Full text compared with title/abstract searching to identify reports of in vitro research modelling stroke. REWARD / EQUATOR Conference, Feb 2020, Berlin, Germany [Poster]

  • Systematic review of the efficacy of NMDA receptor antagonists in the in vitro PC-12 oxygen-glucose deprivation stroke model. REWARD / EQUATOR Conference, Feb 2020, Berlin, Germany [Poster]


  • CREST Award Assessor (2021 - present)
  • Stem Ambassador (2020 - present)



  • Highly commended, STEM Inspiration Award for Outstanding New STEM Ambassador (2022)
  • The University of Edinburgh Student Experience Grant, award value: £4,400 (2022)