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2014

News articles released by The Roslin Institute in 2014.

University and SRUC celebrate top REF ranking for veterinary and agricultural research

Veterinary and agricultural research at the University of Edinburgh and Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) has been ranked as most powerful in the UK in the Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Gene study traces birds' family tree back to dinosaurs

How birds evolved to have characteristics including feathers, flight and song is revealed with new clarity in a major study of their family tree.

New veterinary vaccinology network will help tackle threat of animal diseases, including those spreading to humans

BBSRC has funded a new multidisciplinary network of veterinary vaccinology experts to help in the fight against animal diseases, some of which have the potential to spread to humans. The UK Veterinary Vaccinology Network will draw together major UK research players to enhance the uptake of new technologies in order to design, develop and deliver safe and effective next-generation vaccines against new and (re)-emerging diseases.

The Roslin Institute inspires thousands of young 'scientists' at the Great British Bioscience Festival

Last weekend, thousands of visitors flocked to the Great British Bioscience Festival to discover how bioscience fuels us, feeds us and keeps us healthy.

MRSA bugs linked to livestock are found in hospitals, study finds

Some MRSA bugs in UK hospitals can be traced back to a type of bacteria found in farm animals, a study suggests.

The Roslin Institute to benefit from new Sequence-Based Genotyping

Keygene N.V. an Ag Biotech company announced today that it has entered into a licence agreement with the University of Edinburgh in the field of Sequence-Based Genotyping (SBG).

Dementias Platform UK: A powerhouse for dementia research

Scientists at The Roslin Institute have joined other dementia experts at the Dementias Platform UK launched today.

Roslin Student shortlisted in image competition

Declan King, a PhD student from The Roslin Institute, has had his image shortlisted in the BBSRC's Images with Impact competition.

The Roslin Institute shortlisted in WISE Awards

The Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh and its staff are among those on the shortlist for this year's WISE Awards in association with headline sponsors Bloomberg.

£14.5m boost will help keep Scotland at forefront of bioscience

Business Secretary Vince Cable was at The Roslin Institute to announce a boost for postgraduate training in Scotland's biosciences during a visit to the University of Edinburgh on Friday (3 October).

Roslin Institute on Top Employer Shortlist

The Roslin Institute is among twenty seven of the most progressive employers and their representatives that have been shortlisted for this year's Workingmums.co.uk Top Employer Awards.

The Roslin Institute receives Silver Athena SWAN Award

The Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh is delighted to announce that it has received silver Athena SWAN Award.

UK innovation grant for genome project with Cobb Europe

The Roslin Institute and Cobb-Vantress Inc. have been awarded a joint grant of almost £650,000 (US$ 1.07 million) from the UK's innovation agency, Innovate UK, for genome biobanking to optimise valuable broiler genetic stocks.

Bill Gates visits Easter Bush

Bill Gates has visited the Easter Bush Campus to hear about research to improve the health and welfare of people and farm animals worldwide.

Tropical farmers' plight is focus of animal research initiative

Challenges faced by livestock farmers in tropical developing countries are the focus of a new alliance involving researchers from Scotland and Africa.

Lord de Mauley visits Easter Bush Campus

Research to improve the health and welfare of animals, the livestock industry and food security were discussed when Lord de Mauley, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for natural environment and science, visited the University of Edinburgh's Easter Bush Campus.

Honorary degrees celebrated at The Roslin Institute

The Roslin Institute is delighted to celebrate the recent Honorary Degrees conferred on Dr John Brown and Dr Theo Kanellos.

The First Exome Sequence Completed in Pigs

PIC, a division of Genus plc, in collaboration with Edinburgh Genomics and The Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh, UK, announced today that they have been the first to complete exome sequencing in pigs.

New award winning start up at Roslin aims to provide you with your own personal journal

With over 25,000 life science journals and 1 million articles published last year keeping up to date with all the latest research in your field can be a challenge. A new start up at Roslin aims to change this.

Roslin Institute part of a global push to fight dementia

Scientists at The Roslin Institute have joined other dementia expertsto form the world's largest research group in the field to tackle the condition.

Gene study shows how sheep first separated from goats

Scientists have cracked the genetic code of sheep to reveal how they became a distinct species from goats around four million years ago.

The Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh Receives Grand Challenges Explorations Grant For Ground-breaking Research in Global Health and Development

The Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh announced today that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Roslin scientist presents Gordon Memorial Lecture

Professor Pete Kaiser of The Roslin Institute has presented the 2014 Gordon Memorial Lecture.

2014 Research Student Day

The 2014 Research Student Day at The Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies took place on 30 April.

Birds learn the structural efficacy of nest material

Scientists at St Andrews University and The Roslin Institite have shown that learning about materials' structural properties is important for birds' nest-building behaviour.

New treatment could 'protect against any strain of the flu'

Scots scientists have developed a novel treatment that could protect against any strain of the flu.

Roslin Institute researchers win Arthritis Research UK funding

Medical research charity Arthritis Research UK is funding new a study at The Roslin Institute of the University of Edinburgh that offers new hope for people with osteoarthritis by preventing the painful excessive bone thickening often seen in the joints of people with the condition.

Helen Sang appointed to BBSRC Council

Professor Helen Sang of The Roslin Institute has been announced as one of five new members appointed to the Council of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) by the Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts.

Climbers at risk set to benefit from altitude sickness study

Climbers and skiers who suffer from a potentially deadly condition called altitude sickness could be treated more effectively thanks to new insights into the illness.

Roslin Institute Labs in Awards Shortlist

Laboratories at the University of Edinburgh's Roslin Institute have been shortlisted in an international prize for innovation in laboratory accommodation.

New maps for navigating the genome unveiled by scientists

Scientists have built the clearest picture yet of how our genetic material is regulated in order to make the human body work.

Removing bone protein shown to prevent obesity in mice

An enzyme essential for bone strength may also play an important role in regulating blood glucose levels, according to research presented yesterday at the Society for Endocrinology's annual BES conference.

Horses set to gain health benefits from stem cell advance

Horses suffering from neurological conditions similar to those that affect humans could be helped by a breakthrough from stem cell scientists.

Plant extract offers hope for infant motor neurone therapy

A chemical found in plants could reduce the symptoms of a rare muscle disease that leaves children with little or no control of their movements.

BBSRC funds UK bioscience exhibits as part of 20th anniversary activities

The Roslin Institute and The Pirbright Institute will be joining forces to help BBSRC celebrate its 20th Anniversary this year.

New Research Partnership to Advance Broiler Genetics

A three-year research agreement between Cobb-Vantress, Inc., a global industry leader in poultry genetics, and The Roslin Institute, at the University of Edinburgh, will facilitate collaboration on avian disease resistance, genome analysis and genome preservation.

Roslin Scientists are Innovator of the Year Finalists

Dr Ross Houston and Professor Steve Bishop, scientists at the University of Edinburgh's Roslin Institute, have been nominated as finalists in a UK Innovation competition.

Genetic chip will help salmon farmers breed better fish

Atlantic salmon production could be boosted by a new technology that will help select the best fish for breeding.

Genetic find might lead to cattle that are more resistant to TB

Scientists have identified genetic traits in cattle that might allow farmers to breed livestock with increased resistance to bovine tuberculosis (TB).

Roslin and Dick Vet staff head for India

Animal health and welfare experts from The Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies (R(D)SVS) at the University of Edinburgh are taking part in an international conference in Bangalore.

Reducing the need for animals in infectious disease research

Roslin researcher wins proof-of-concept award through the NC3Rs' CRACK IT Challenges competition