Our Neuroresearchers Fund has received a welcome boost thanks to the generosity of two former Neuroscience Honours students (Hanna and Patrick Hillan) who married last year and asked their guests, in lieu of wedding gifts, to donate to the Neuroresearchers Fund.
The Centre for Cadiovascular Sciences has recently been awarded £3M from the British Heart Foundation to continue the BHF Centre of Research Excellence at Edinburgh (REA3).
Congratulations to Professor Seth Grant who has just recently been selected as the receipient of the FENS EJN Award, which is given in recognition of outstanding scientific work in all areas of neuroscience.
Congratulations to Professor Stephen Lawrie (Psychiatry) and Professor David Price (Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences) who have recently been elected as new Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
We are delighted to announce that Professor Siddharthan Chandran (Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences) and Professor Thomas Gillingwater (Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences) have been awarded ~500K of grant funding from Doddie Weir's 'My Name'5 Doddie Foundation' jointly with Professor Kevin Talbot at Oxford University to support their research into new drugs for Motor Neurone Disease.
Congratulations to Dr Jane Haley and Professor Tara Spires-Jones who have been elected as Term Members for EDAB. This is in recognition of their work leading engagement activities, particularly during Brain Awareness Week.
According to research led by Dr Louise Marryat at the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, two thirds of children in Scotland experience an adverse life event, such as domestic violence or parental drug misuse before the age of eight.
Hundreds of genes have been linked to depression in a study involving data from more than two million people that sheds light on why some people are more likely to develop the condition than others. Researchers led by Professor Andrew McIntosh at the Centre for Clinical Brain Science are now inviting people in Scotland to take part in a study known as The Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression (GLAD) Study to understand more about the role of DNA in common mental health conditions.
Bérengère Digard, a PhD student in CCBS, has been awarded the Barbara Northend Prize by the British Federation of Women Graduates Her research focuses on the sociocognitive and neurological effects of bilingualism in autistic and neurotypical adults. Bérengère wrote about her experience applying for the BFWG award in her team’s blog.
A new study, published in Nature and jointly led by Professor Charles ffrench-Constant, Professor Anna Williams (MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh) and Gonçalo Castelo-Branco (Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden) offers fresh insights into the types of cells found in the brains of people with multiple sclerosis that could help develop improved therapies. The study focused on oligodendrocytes - cells in the brain that help to repair damage to nerve cells caused by the disease. Researchers identified various types oligodendrocytes and found that people with MS have different types of oligodendrocytes than healthy people. These findings could shed new light on how the disease progresses and could also help scientists develop treatments. The study is published in Nature. It was funded by the UK MS Society, the European Union and the European Research Council, The European Committee for Treatment and Research of Multiple Sclerosis and the Wellcome Trust, among others.