Dr Heather Whalley and Prof Andrew McIntosh (both Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences) and colleagues from the Centre for Cognitive Ageing & Cognitive Epidemiology and the University of Glasgow have found, using diffusion tensor imaging, that white matter integrity is reduced in people with symptoms indicative of depression compared to those without.
Researchers at the University of Edinburgh (Division of Psychiatry, Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology, Institute for Genetics and Molecular Medicine and brain imaging facilities) along with the universities of Aberdeen and Dundee, are involved in The Stratifying Resilience and Depression Longitudinally (STRADL) study. More than 600 volunteers have already been recruited for this £4.7m study (funded by the Wellcome Trust) and the study is continuing to recruit.
On the eve of Dementia Awareness Week in Scotland, Professor Craig Ritchie (Chair of Psychiatry of Ageing, Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh) spoke to The Sunday Post about the implications of Brexit on dementia research. He warns that Brexit will have 'bleak' implications on pioneering Scottish research into dementia.
More than 400 people in their 80s and 90s were reunited at a Lothian Birth Cohort (LBC) event on 04 June 2017. This reunion celebrated 70 years, to the day, since the LBC1936 participants first sat the Moray House Test as part of the Scottish Mental Survey 1947. The participants of the Lothian Birth Cohorts met with Professor Ian Deary (Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology) and colleagues behind the project to mark their achievements on the understanding of the ageing brain.
Dr David Hay, Dr Baltasar Lucendo-Villarin, Jose Meseguer-Ripolles and Dr Kate Cameron (all MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh), in collaboration with the Universities of Aberdeen and Glasgow, have developed a stem cell technique to assess the effects of maternal cigarette smoking on the developing foetus. Their findings reveal that the potent cocktail of chemicals in cigarettes is particularly harmful to developing liver cells and affects male and female foetuses differently.
A major study investigating links with dementia is being led by Professor Joanna Wardlaw and colleagues at the University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with 9 UK universities. The £1.2 million project aims to improve how doctors identify and treat dementia that occurs following a stroke.
Professor Joanna Wardlaw (Professor of Applied Neuroimaging and Honorary Consultant Neuroradiologist, University of Edinburgh) has been honoured with the Presidential Award, at the European Stroke Conference, 16-18 May 2017, in Prague. This is fantastic international recognition of Professor Wardlaw's contribution to stroke research - congratulations!
Congratulations to Dr Mario Parra Rodriguez (former University of Edinburgh PhD student & associate member of Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology (CCACE)) who received the runner up award in the category “Outstanding early career contribution to dementia research” from Alzheimer’s Society. Well done Mario!
Professor Brian Walker, Professor Jonathan Seckl and Dr. Scott Webster (all Centre for Cardiovascular Sciences) have developed a drug, Xanamem, that has just entered Phase II clinical trials and been administered to the first patient by Actinogen Medical in Australia.
Dr. Steven Pollard (MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine) and colleagues have found two key molecules that drive the growth of an aggressive type of adult brain cancer.