A selection of news from the Usher Institute in 2021.
Covid-19 vaccine protection wanes after three months, study suggests
The protection offered by the Oxford-Astra Zeneca Covid-19 vaccine declines after three months of receiving two doses, a study says.
Annual Recognition Awards
The Usher Institute is delighted to recognise the contribution of staff and students in our Annual Recognition Awards.
New study shows risk of heart inflammation following COVID-19 infection and vaccination
Research published in Nature Medicine looks at the possible link between different heart conditions and COVID-19 infection or vaccination.
Principal's Medals for Professor Linda Bauld and the TestEd team
Professor Linda Bauld and the TestEd team have been awarded Principal's Medals at a winter Graduation Ceremony.
Chancellor's Award for Professor Aziz Sheikh
Usher Institute Director recognised for COVID-19 research endeavours.
‘Surgery selfies’ could spot infections early
Smartphone pictures of post-surgical wounds taken by patients and then assessed by clinicians can help with the early identification of infections, a study has found.
Vaccines protect against death from COVID-19 though some clinical characteristics can increase vulnerability
Findings from a Scottish study, published in the Lancet Medical Journal, show that people who have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine are far better protected against death from the virus than those who are unvaccinated, however, there are certain characteristics which can make people more vulnerable.
Major NHS digital transformation programme ‘a success’
Evaluation project publish report highlighting success of flagship NHS effort to support hospitals to digitally transform - 29 September 2021
New Director of Knowledge Exchange and Research Impact
Dr Thanasis Tsanas becomes the Director of Knowledge Exchange and Research Impact at the Usher Institute
QCovid risk assessment tool now factors in vaccination status
Latest QResearch study describes groups who remain at greatest risk from severe COVID-19 among vaccinated adults.
Social context is key to Covid testing success
Clearer understanding is needed of the social factors that influence participation rates in Covid-19 testing programmes, research suggests.
Artificial Intelligence and Multimorbidity - new NIHR Research Collaboration
NIHR awards £12 million to artificial intelligence research to help understand multiple long-term conditions. Professor Bruce Guthrie will lead one of three new Research Collaborations.
COVID-19, not vaccination, presents biggest blood clot risks
Professor Aziz Sheikh co-authors paper showing largest risk of clotting events comes from COVID-19 itself, not from vaccinations.
Covid-19 study scoops scientific world record
A study led by the Universities of Edinburgh and Birmingham has been awarded the Guinness World Record title for the world’s largest scientific collaboration, involving over 140,000 patients in 116 countries.
Professor Linda Bauld appointed Interim Chief Social Policy Adviser
Congratulations to Professor Linda Bauld, who has been appointed to the role of Interim Chief Social Policy Adviser within the Scottish Government.
Half of Covid hospital cases suffer complication
One in two people hospitalised with Covid-19 developed at least one complication, research shows.
Professor John Ioannidis recognised with honorary degree
A diverse array of influential figures have been honoured by the University for their innovation, success and leadership.
Smoke-free cars can cut child tobacco risk by a third
Banning in-car smoking when children are present can reduce their exposure to tobacco smoke by more than 30 per cent, research shows.
COVID-19 vaccine uptake in pregnant women
To date, no serious pregnancy-related adverse events have been reported following vaccination.
Potential new medical treatment for problematic menstrual bleeding
DexFEM study provides the first evidence of therapeutic benefit of dexamethasone in heavy menstrual bleeding.
Gender Sensitive ODA Research: Tips and Tools
At the end of May genderED, the University’s interdisciplinary hub for the study of gender and sexualities, ran an online information session ‘Gender Sensitive ODA Research: Tips and Tools’ for researchers at the Usher Institute.
Delta variant impact on hospitalisation revealed
The Delta variant of Covid-19 is associated with approximately double the risk of hospitalisation compared with the Alpha variant, according to a new nationwide study.
COVID vaccine linked to low platelet count, EAVE II study suggests
A condition that affects the blood, known as idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), may be associated with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in rare cases, research suggests.
Professor Linda Bauld awarded OBE
Professor Linda Bauld is awarded an OBE for services to guiding the public health response to, and public understanding of, COVID-19.
Covid-19 vaccine study for pregnant women launches
The first Covid-19 vaccine study for women who are pregnant has been launched across the UK – with Edinburgh playing a key role in the research.
First dose vaccine effectiveness update: full study now available from The Lancet
A milestone study, which points to the success of first dose mass vaccination in reducing COVID-19 hospitalisations across Scotland, is now available from The Lancet.
Professor Nick Mills elected to Academy of Medical Sciences
Professor Nick Mills recognised for contributions to medical research, benefiting patients and wider society.
Three Minute Thesis final 2021
The University’s 3 Minute Thesis competition final took place on 24 June 2021.
Professors Devi Sridhar and Jim Wilson - Fellows of Royal Society of Edinburgh
Professors Devi Sridhar and Jim Wilson become Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
New Deputy Director, Professor Jackie Price
Professor Jackie Price becomes the new Deputy Director of the Usher Institute, and Harish Nair takes on co-Head of the Centre for Global Health.
New masters' programmes launched
In March 2021, two new online masters degrees were launched, with support and funding from the DDI programme.
Scottish vaccine roll-out working, data suggests
Vaccination has been linked to a substantial reduction in the risk of Covid-19 admissions to Scotland’s hospitals, landmark research suggests.
Linking electronic health records for research on a nationwide cohort
New linked health data resource covering over 54 million people in England - over 96% of the English population
Master of Public Health programme - APHEA accredited
Major global achievement for our online Master of Public Health
QCovid algorithm to help identify those at high risk from COVID-19
More people in England at high risk from COVID-19 will get priority access to vaccines thanks to new technology that can identify those who may be most vulnerable to the virus.
Martyn Pickersgill - Fellow of Academy of Social Sciences
Professor Martyn Pickersgill welcomed in to the Academy of Social Sciences.
Opportunities for staff, students and industry partners
People with asthma in deprived areas of Wales have worse outcomes and increased risk of death
Asthma patients living in the most deprived areas of Wales are more likely to suffer from increased asthma attacks, be admitted to hospital and are at a higher risk of death.
Marie Curie Parliamentary Briefing
Research led by Anne Finucane and Emeritus Professor Scott Murray features in Marie Curie briefing for the Scottish Parliament.
Professor Amanda Amos OBE Retires
After 35 years with The University of Edinburgh, Professor Amanda Amos OBE, retires.
Better post-surgery care would improve cancer survival
Patients’ chances of survival after cancer surgery is strongly linked with the standard of post-operation hospital care, a major international study suggests.
New free online course: Chronic Respiratory Diseases (CRD) in Primary Care Settings
A new interactive online course developed by RESPIRE and the International Primary Care Respiratory Group shares the skills and insights to treat respiratory disease in low- and middle-income countries
All-Party Parliamentary Group on Respiratory Health Report: Improving Asthma Outcomes In The UK
BREATHE and Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research members contribute key evidence for APPG report on asthma in the UK