Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics

News 2019

A selection of news from the Usher Institute in 2019.

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.