Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics

News 2019

A selection of news from the Usher Institute in 2019.

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 entreprenurial 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 Healthandcare.scot.

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

Data
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

DNA
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.