Usher Institute

News 2023

A selection of news from the Usher Institute in 2023.

EAVE II outstanding achievements recognised in Royal Society of Edinburgh medals

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The EAVE II Team have become the first recipients of the Royal Society of Edinburgh's new Mary Sommerville Medal, an award for excellence in teamwork and collaboration in scientific research.

Professors Harrison, Mercer and Nair elected to Royal Society of Edinburgh

Ewen Harrison, Stewart Mercer and Harish Nair.
Three professors from the Usher Institute announced in this year's intake of Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

New senior leadership programme for digital transformation in health and care for Scotland

New senior leadership programme for digital transformation in health and care for Scotland
A new masters level programme has been launched to develop a new generation of leaders who can drive, deliver, and embed digital transformation across Scotland's health and care services.

Orkney cancer gene link revealed

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People with grandparents from Orkney have a variation in a gene that could increase the chances of developing breast and ovarian cancer, research shows.

Long COVID prevalence in Scotland similar to stroke and COPD, study finds

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Preliminary findings from an EAVE II sub-study were presented to the Scottish Parliament COVID-19 Recovery Committee's inquiry into long COVID.

Diabetes and Ramadan - free online course

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Online courses available for people with diabetes, and healthcare professionals, to help manage diabetes during Ramadan

New digital intervention seeks to support concussion recovery

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HeadOn is a digital health program designed to support recovery after a concussion.

Lockdowns linked with drop in preterm births

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The number of preterm births around the world dropped three to four per cent in the first four months of Covid-19 lockdowns, research shows.

Inadequate progress digitising the NHS

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The UK Government is making inadequate progress on vital commitments to digitise the NHS, an independent panel of experts has found.

Health and Social Care Data-Driven Innovation programme welcomes Partner Engagement and Marketing Lead

Colleen Hubbard joins the Health and Social Care Data-Driven Innovation (HSCDDI) programme to lead partnerships, engagement and marketing activity as it embarks on an exciting phase of growth.

Asthma risk unaltered by taking extra vitamin D

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Taking vitamin D supplements does not reduce the risk of asthma attacks in children or adults, research shows.

Enhancing support for emergency cardiac care clinicians in Scotland using artificial intelligence

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A new partnership bringing together The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University, NHS Lothian and Lenus Health, supported by Wellcome Leap, aims to develop improved support for Emergency Department clinicians through an innovative collaboration.

Volunteers needed to boost study into nation’s health

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Every adult and young person in Scotland is being invited to join a major study that will help shape the nation’s healthcare.

New Masters in Planetary Health tackles crises for people and planet

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Professor Liz Grant co-leads a new MSc in Planetary Health - seeking to equip graduates to address global issues threatening human, environmental and economic wellbeing.

First cohort of UK Young Academy includes Usher researcher, Andrea Ford

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Andrea Ford, Research Fellow (Medical and Cultural Anthropology), joins first cohort of UK Young Academy

New Year Honours for Professor Ewen Harrison

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Professor Ewen Harrison receives OBE in New Years Honours list 2023.