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News 2024

A selection of news from the Usher Institute in 2024.

New sleeper frameworks to help better prepare for future pandemics

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'Sleeper frameworks' developed for rapid pandemic response, improving surveillance, risk assessment, and intervention monitoring.

Giulia De Togni announced as new Chancellor’s Fellow

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Dr Giulia De Togni from the Usher Institute announced in this year’s intake of Chancellor’s Fellows.

Maternal care insights point to risks of critical illness

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Pregnant women who are admitted to intensive care in Scotland are 12 times more likely to experience a stillbirth, a study shows.

Usher Institute’s double win at University’s first Research Impact Awards

The Advanced Care Research Centre team winning the Team Culture Award at the University's Research Impact Awards 2024
The University’s inaugural Impact Festival concluded with the announcement of the first Research Impact prize winners.

Professor Julie Jacko appointed College Dean of Innovation and Engagement

Professor Julie Jacko, Interim Director, Usher Institute
Congratulations to Professor Julie Jacko on her appointment as the Dean of Innovation and Engagement at the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine (CMVM)

Usher Building now operational – and contractors win gold!

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We are excited to share that the Usher Building is now occupied and operational following the official handover of keys to The University of Edinburgh in March.

Professor Julie Jacko announced as Interim Director

Professor Julie Jacko, Interim Director, Usher Institute
New Usher Institute Interim Director announced

Revolutionising maternal health monitoring in low-resource settings

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Collaborative working with research and industry to produce AI-driven maternal health monitoring for low-resource regions.

New tool developed to enhance cardiovascular disease risk prediction

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A collaborative study introduces QR4, a precise tool forecasting cardiovascular risks, highlighting new risk factors.

Usher successes at CMVM Staff Recognition Awards 2024

College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine Annual Staff Recognition Awards 2024
Winners for this year's College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine Staff Recognition Awards were announced on 17 April.

Professor Sarah Stock delivers inaugural lecture during Edinburgh Science Festival

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Sarah Stock presents inaugural lecture during Edinburgh Science Festival on maternal health and inclusion in research.

Patterns of inflammation detected in long COVID blood samples

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People with long COVID have distinct patterns of inflammation detectable in the blood, which could potentially be targeted with immune therapies.

Study finds voucher scheme helps new mums stay smoke-free postpartum

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Study shows high street vouchers help new mums stay smoke-free postpartum, improving long-term health outcomes.

Professor Steff Lewis appointed as Interim Director for Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit

Professor Steff Lewis
Professor Steff Lewis becomes Interim Director for the Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit (ECTU), effective 1 April 2024, as Professor John Norrie steps down.

Professor Andrew Morris elected as Academy of Medical Sciences President

Professor Andrew Morris
The Academy of Medical Sciences has elected Professor Andrew Morris as its new President.

Launch of Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research 10-year impact report

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The Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research is proud to share its Impact Report 2014‒2024.

Professor Linda Bauld key speaker at Edinburgh Science Festival's annual church service

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Linda Bauld headlines Edinburgh Science Festival's church service, exploring science's role in shaping a sustainable, equitable future.

Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships available for Usher Institute programmes

Applications are now open to those interested in studying on online Masters programmes.

England’s oldest became frailer during austerity

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The speed at which England’s oldest adults became frailer accelerated during the UK Government’s era of austerity politics, according to a new study.

Virus ancestry could help predict next pandemic

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Virus family history could help scientists identify which strains have potential to become the so-called Disease X that causes the next global pandemic.

Pioneering hope for malignant glioma, a deadly brain cancer

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Usher Institute leads on implementation of science and cost assessment of new GLIOMATCH platform.

E-cigarettes help pregnant smokers quit without risks to pregnancy

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New analysis of data shows pregnant smokers using nicotine replacement products face no adverse outcomes.

All-UK study reveals impact of missed Covid vaccines

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The first research study of the entire UK population of 67 million people has highlighted gaps in Covid-19 vaccine coverage.

Treatment boost needed to shift NHS Covid backlog

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The NHS needs 10% monthly increase in non-emergency treatments to tackle pandemic-induced backlog, reveals analysis.

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