A selection of news from the Usher Institute in 2018 - major publications, awards, visitors and more.
Highly Cited Researchers
Congratulations to 6 Usher Institute Professors listed on the 2018 Highly Cited Researchers list.
World Pneumonia Day 2018
World Pneumonia Day 2018 activities took place in Edinburgh and Bangladesh
Usher research group helps get palliative care firmly on the Primary Health Care agenda internationally
An update from Scott Murray, Emeritus Professor & Sebastien Moine, visiting research fellow, Primary Palliative Care Research Group.
How data science is shaping the modern NHS
Professor Aziz Sheikh, Director of the Usher Institute, discusses the role of data science in shaping the modern NHS in an article published in the New Statesman this week.
RESPIRE PhD student in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine cover story
Congratulations to RESPIRE PhD student, Rutuja Patil, whose image appears on the cover of the December 2018 edition of The Lancet Respiratory Medicine.
Bowel cancer waiting times figures revealed
Some bowel cancer patients in the UK wait up to a year to start treatment, a study shows.
Building RESPIRE relationships in Malaysia
The RESPIRE Malaysia team recently ran its first stakeholder engagement workshop at the University of Malaya.
Researchers from the Usher Institute have been busy sharing science with the public in a variety of recent public engagement events.
ROADMAP project celebrates success
The ROADMAP project celebrates success as it moves to the end of Phase 1
Novel animation about epilepsy
A film developed from the themes and findings of the ‘Me and My Epilepsy’ PhD study by Becky Black from The Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre (MMEC) at the University of Edinburgh, with the help of Jacob Capener.
Statins show little promise for other conditions
Medicines commonly prescribed to reduce people’s risk of heart attack may have limited use for treating other diseases, research suggests.
Data initiative to tackle digital skills gap
The Usher Institute is delighted to be part of the Data-Driven Innovation Programme.
New appointments: Professors Bruce Guthrie and Stewart Mercer
We are delighted to announce two new professorial appointments at the Usher Institute. Bruce Guthrie has been appointed Professor of General Practice, and Stewart Mercer has been appointed Professor of Primary Care and Multimorbidity.
Global Health Symposium and Annual Lecture 2018
Professor Chris Whitty CB FMedSci delivered an outstanding, inspirational lecture, preceded by a showcase of work in Global Health from across the Usher Institute.
Depression may raise risk of heart attack and stroke
People with symptoms of anxiety and depression may have a greater risk of heart attack and stroke, a study has found.
Fringe Festival Highlights
August in Edinburgh saw the return of the summer festival season, and all the colour and creativity that it brings.
New appointment: Professor Linda Bauld
We are delighted to announce that Professor Linda Bauld has been appointed Bruce and John Usher Chair of Public Health at the Usher Institute.
Sarah Chan - member of Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland.
The Usher Institute is delighted that Dr Sarah Chan, Chancellor's Fellow, has been appointed as a member of the RSE's Young Academy of Scotland (YAS).
Launch of Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society
The new Wellcome Trust-backed University of Edinburgh Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society launches on 25 June 2018.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.