Emma Wilson

Thesis title: Developing a meta-research framework to evaluate evidence from animal models of neurodevelopmental conditions

Clinical Brain Sciences (PhD)

  • Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences

Contact details



Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences
Chancellor's Building
49 Little France Crescent

Post code
EH16 4SB


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Emma is a PhD student in the CAMARADES Research Group at the University of Edinburgh. She specialises in meta-research and evidence synthesis. She is currently supervised by Professor Emily Sena and Professor Peter Kind on a project 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, Research Data Alliance (2023 - present)
  • Organiser, Edinburgh Open Research Initiative (2022 - present)
  • Organiser, Edinburgh ReproducibiliTea (2022 - present)
  • Member, British Neuroscience Association (2022 - present)
  • Project Lead, Open Research in the Classroom (2021 - present)
  • Crest Award Assessor, British Science Association (2021 - present)
  • STEM Ambassador, STEM Learning (2021 - 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


  • 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)