Medicine and veterinary medicine research

Summaries and case studies of the world-leading research carried out in the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine.


The College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine is an internationally leading force in basic-to-clinical translational research. It has a longstanding commitment to ‘one health’, enabling the translation of expertise from human to animal medicine and vice versa.

College research summary

Case studies

Scrapie resistance impacts farming

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Pioneering work by Professor Nora Hunter and Dr Wilfred Goldmann has had an international impact on a disease that causes considerable economic hardship to the small ruminant farming industry.

Life-changing stroke research

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Professor Gillian Mead and Dr David Saunders' life-changing research influenced stroke rehabilitation policy and practice, both in the UK and internationally.

Identifying a new bovine disease

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University scientists successfully collaborated to develop effective disease controls and treatments for a new disease, Bovine Neonatal Pancytopenia (BNP), which affects calves.

Compression stocking research improves care of stroke patients

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The care of stroke patients has been improved after Edinburgh research showed that the routine use of graduated compression stockings was ineffective in preventing deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

Preventing deaths from pesticides in Asia

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Research focusing on the prevention of deaths from self-poisoning helped to improve medical management and impacted on pesticide policies in Sri Lanka.

Reducing blood transfusions cuts deaths, risks and costs

Edinburgh researchers have discovered benefits from reducing the use of blood transfusions and have been instrumental in the adoption of new practices that have saved money, risks and ultimately patients’ lives.

Breeding salmon for resistance to infectious pancreatic necrosis

Researchers have found a new way to identify salmon that are resistant to infectious pancreatic necrosis, benefiting the fish farming industry in Scotland and globally.

Enabling women to have children after cancer treatment

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Edinburgh researchers have developed new procedures and protocols for the freezing of ovarian tissue to allow women to have children after cancer therapy.

Paving the way to decreased child pneumonia mortality

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Research into the prevalence of childhood pneumonia and the relatively low attention it has historically received has driven new global action and helped produce a dramatic reduction in childhood deaths.

Dolly the Sheep: the first cloned adult animal

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The process pioneered at Edinburgh to produce Dolly the Sheep, the first mammal cloned from an adult cell, has been taken up widely, resulting in the cloning of many agricultural and other animals worldwide.

The GRACE risk score: assessing heart attack risk and guiding treatment

A 10-year research programme resulted in the Global Registry of Acute Coronary Events (GRACE) and the GRACE Risk Score, which has saved lives by helping doctors better manage the treatment of heart patients.