Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics

News 2018

A selection of news from the Usher Institute in 2018 - major publications, awards, visitors and more.

Patient and Public Involvement Platform selected by NIHR

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The Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research Patient and Public Involvement Platform has been selected by the NIHR as the first of ten test bed projects to implement the National Standards for Public Involvement in Research.

Scots born abroad have lower death rates

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People from most ethnic groups who were born abroad but live in Scotland have lower death rates than those born here, a study has found.

Landmark stroke study could hold key to new therapies

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Fresh insights into the biological causes of stroke could pave the way for new therapies, following a major study.

Emotional support is key for stroke patients

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Doctors caring for severe stroke patients need to take account of their psychological needs and help prepare families for the possibility that they may not recover, a study suggests.

Video created by Primary Palliative Care Research Group

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Professor Scott Murray, of the Usher Institute, will run a session entitled 'From research to learning - Explaining the rationale for early palliative care' at a College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine Good Practice Showcase in March.

International experts attend global health conference

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A highly successful global health symposium was held at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, led by Professor Harish Nair of the Usher Institute.

Professor Cathie Sudlow - Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

Professor Cathie Sudlow
The Usher Institute's Cathie Sudlow, Professor of Neurology and Clinical Epidemiology, is one of 66 new Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE).

Usher Postgraduate Administrator nominated for the Best Support Staff Award

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Usher Postgraduate Administrator Stuart Mallen has been nominated twice for the Best Support Staff Award as part of the 2017-18 Edinburgh University Students’ Association Teaching Awards.

Female hormones may be linked to asthma

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Fluctuations in female sex hormones could play a role in the development of allergies and asthma, a major review of evidence suggests.

Schools alone cannot help to prevent childhood obesity, study finds

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School-based healthy lifestyle interventions alone are not effective in the fight against childhood obesity, WAVES study researchers have warned.