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.

Professor Scott Murray retires

May 2018 saw the retirement of two much valued Professors from the Usher Institute, Raj Bhopal and Scott Murray.

Professor Raj Bhopal retires

May 2018 saw the retirement of two much valued Professors from the Usher Institute, Raj Bhopal and Scott Murray

Kinship carers comic created to help relieve stress

A comic book full of helpful hints has been launched to support people who play vital caring roles within their family circles.

Dental list of bad practice has patient care at heart

Dental experts have drawn up a definitive list of scenarios that patients should never face in a bid to ensure excellent patient care worldwide.

Experts to evaluate NHS tech scheme

Digital Exemplars
The impact of a flagship NHS programme aimed at improving the use of digital technology in hospitals is to be assessed.

Inspiring visit by former Minister, Norman Lamb MP

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On 22 March, Chair of the Commons Science and Technology Committee and former Minister of State for the Department of Health, Norman Lamb MP visited Edinburgh to take part in an all-day event aimed at early-career social scientists with interests in mental health.

Grant to speed up bowel cancer diagnosis

Scientists from the University of Edinburgh and University of Leicester have been awarded a grant of almost £25,000 from Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer to investigate whether it’s possible to find DNA from cancer cells in poo samples.

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.