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News 2019

A selection of news from the Usher Institute in 2019.

Usher Institute Recognition Awards

Usher Institute Communications Team receives Recognition Award 2019
Our inaugural annual 'Recognition Awards' were presented at our Usher Institute Staff Away Day by the Principal, Peter Mathieson, and Head of College, Moira Whyte.

Annual Lecture Success

Combination of several photos from the annual lecture
Victor Dzau, President of the National Academy of Medicine in the US, delivered an excellent lecture on Monday 25 November 2019.

Scottish Cancer Foundation Prize for Christine Campbell

Christine Campbell
A Scots researcher whose work on cancer screening has helped to save lives around the world is this year’s winner of the Scottish Cancer Foundation prize which recognises excellence in cancer care and prevention.

Royal College of General Practitioners Awards

Professors Stewart Mercer and Bruce Guthrie
RCGP awards for Professor Bruce Guthrie, Professor Stewart Mercer and Dr Luke Daines.

RESPIRE ASM: Making headlines in Malaysia

VIPS presented with gifts at RESPIRE ASM 2019
Respiratory diseases were in the spotlight in Malaysia following this year’s RESPIRE Annual Scientific Meeting, held in Kuala Lumpur.

Sustainable Partnerships and Universal Health Coverage in Africa

Principal presents prize at TIBA workshop
The NIHR Global Health Research Unit Tackling Infections to Benefit Africa at the University of Edinburgh (TIBA) recently held a workshop for funders and stakeholders in African health and health systems research.

BHF Health Data Centre - and new Head of Centre

Professors Ewen Harrison and Cathie Sudlow
Congratulations to Professor Cathie Sudlow, who will lead the new BHF Data Science Centre, and to Professor Ewen Harrison, new Head of the Centre for Medical Informatics.

Edinburgh centre to boost respiratory research

A new data research centre, coordinated from Edinburgh, will help to improve the lives of people living with respiratory conditions.

City Region Deal funding secured

Usher Institute new building design 2019
The City Region Deal joint committee have officially approved £49.2 million towards the new Usher Institute building.

Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Photo of Jeni Harden
Congratulations to Jeni Harden who has recently been made a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Principal's Medal Winners 2019

Winners of the Principal's Medal for Exceptional Service 2019
Congratulations to Professors Harry Campbell, Harish Nair and Igor Rudan - winners of the University of Edinburgh Principal's Medal for Exceptional Service

Congratulations Professors!

Congratulations to new Professors Evi Theodoratou and Ewen Harrison

Data-Driven Innovation - update

DDI Programme logo
What is the City Region Deal, the Data-Driven Innovation Programme and what's next for the Usher Institute?

Data tool helps decipher mouse’s calls

Technology that can help interpret inaudible calls from laboratory mice has been developed in a bid to improve research.

New Usher Institute logo

Usher Institute new logo 2019 with orange line beneath
We are delighted to launch a new look and feel for the Usher Institute.

New Head of Centre for Population Health Sciences

Congratulations to Professor John Norrie, Chair of MRC/NIHR EME Board, and Professor Linda Bauld, who takes over as co-Head of CPHS.

Usher Institute Forum success

Usher Forum audience summer 2019
Thanks to all who contributed to the latest Usher Institute Forum.

Marilyn Kendall retires

Marilyn Kendall Retirement Celebration
A celebration of Dr Marilyn Kendall’s 20 year career in the Primary Palliative Care Group here at the Usher Institute marked her retirement.

IHDP Annual Lecture a resounding success

John Frank delivering the IHDP annual lecture 2019
There was a good turnout for the IHDP (Innovative Healthcare Delivery Programme ) 2019 Annual Lecture by Professor John Frank.

MPH student successes - and farewell to Stuart Mallen

Congratulations to students on the Master of Public Health on campus programme, and farewell to Stuart Mallen.

Usher research changes government legislation

PPCRG receive Marie Curie Award
Members of the Primary Palliative Care Research Group have received a Marie Curie award.

Honours for Professor Amanda Amos

Amanda Amos
Professor Amanda Amos receives OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Online MPH Programme - Curriculum Accreditation

The online Master of Public Health has successfully achieved ‘Curriculum Validation’, the first phase of accreditation with APHEA.

Teaching Award nominations

Congratulations to all Usher staff nominated in the 2019 EUSA teaching awards.

Bid to improve health and tackle inequality

A major research collaboration is to investigate key factors that limit people’s chances to live longer, healthier lives.

Science Festival 2019

Members of the Usher Institute have been busy delivering events as part of this year’s Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Three minute thesis success

PhD student Tim Wilkinson wins the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine heat of this year's three minute thesis competition.

Edinburgh Marathon Relay

PhD student Gabrielle King has brought together many people from across the Usher Institute ready to race for MND Scotland.

Education Grants 2019

The Usher Institute has awarded its first education development grants to support two very interesting projects.

MSc Global eHealth graduate wins entrepreneurial award

Amal Bholah receives Entreprenurial Award
Amal Bholah, graduate of online distance learning programme, MSc Global eHealth, wins award.

£2 million funding for the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research

AUKCAR ASM 2019, Friends House, Euston
The Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research has been re-funded for a further five years, with an additional £2 million committed by Asthma UK.

Healthy and sustainable futures exhibition

Audience in the Playfair Library
The Global Health Governance Programme, led by Professor Devi Sridhar, is hosting a week long exhibition the first week in April 2019 entitled “Healthy and Sustainable Futures”.

Deputy Director of TIBA appointed to GCRF Strategic Advisory Group

Professors Mark Woolhouse and Francisca Mutapi at TIBA MD projects launch
The Usher Institute would like to congratulate Francisca Mutapi, Deputy Director of TIBA, on her recent appointment.

New book from Emeritus Professor Raj Bhopal

Professor Raj Bhopal
Building on his body of work investigating the impact of ethnicity on health, Professor Raj Bhopal publishes a new book.

Anna Wierzoch retires

Anna Wierzoch and Aziz Sheikh at Anna's Retirement lunch
Anna Wierzoch began her well earned retirement this month, after 15 years working with Professor Aziz Sheikh.

Why the public should be data research partners

Sarah Cunningham-Burley
Professor Sarah Cunningham-Burley offers insight into the benefits of involving the public in heath data research in an article in

Drug resistance effort aided by sewage survey

Person in protective suit testing dirty water
Efforts to monitor the spread of antibiotic resistance worldwide could be transformed with a map created using data from analysis of sewage samples.

Professors Liz Grant and Linda Bauld - Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

Liz Grant and Linda Bauld
We are delighted that Professors Linda Bauld and Liz Grant have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Professor Steff Lewis and Dr Martyn Pickersgill appointed Directors of Research

Steff Lewis and Martyn Pickersgill
The Usher Board is delighted to have appointed Professor Steff Lewis and Dr Martyn Pickersgill as co-Directors of Research.

Asthma registry to improve participation in research studies

Person at laptop using online form to sign up to the REACH database
REACH is a database which securely stores information about people in the UK affected by asthma and who want to take part in research studies.

Sea salt could help beat a cold, study suggests

Salt cellar with salt
A simple sea salt water solution could help to reduce the symptoms of a cold, research suggests.

£3 million boost from UK Government to find data solutions to healthcare challenges

The University of Edinburgh has led on one of 10 successful project bids sharing £3 million funding from the UK Government as part of the Digital Innovation Hub Programme, Health Data Research UK has announced today.

Experts team up to tackle tropical diseases

Millions of people are set to benefit from projects involving Edinburgh researchers that aim to improve health in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr Allison Worth retires

Allison Worth Retirement lunch with cake
This month saw the retirement of Dr Allison Worth, lead of the Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) team at the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research and Patient and Public Involvement Adviser for the University of Edinburgh, based at the Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility.

Ahmar Shah invited to represent University of Edinburgh in Global Young Scientists Summit

Ahmar Shah Usher Chancellor's Fellow
The 'Global Young Scientists Summit' is a gathering of select under 35 young scientists and researchers invited from all over the world, along with eminent international science and technology leaders in Singapore.

Hilary Pinnock elected to key role at European Respiratory Society

Professor Hilary Pinnock
Congratulations to Professor Hilary Pinnock, who has been elected as Head of Assembly 1 - General Pneumology at the European Respiratory Society (ERS).

Usher researchers lead on £2.5 million grant to support appropriate antibiotic prescribing

Pills spilling from a bottle
Professor Aziz Sheikh is leading a major new initiative to develop and evaluate an improvement to existing hospital electronic prescribing systems to tackle antibiotic over-prescribing in the UK.

DNA may predict potential lifespan, study finds

Scientists say they can predict whether a person can expect to live longer or die sooner than average, by looking at their DNA.

Usher Institute Forum and Xmas Gathering

Jess, Emma and Norma at the Usher Christmas Gathering 2018
Many staff and students from across the Usher Institute celebrated successes of 2018 at our latest Forum event.