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Dr Emily Osterweil and researchers at the Patrick Wild Centre for Research into Autism, Fragile X Syndrome and Intellectual Disability have used a genetic mouse model of Fragile X Syndrome, an inherited form of autism, to look at the changes in muscarinic M4 receptor pathway. They found that a paradoxical enhancement of M4 activity normalised activity and reduced seizures in these mice.
A new study led by Dr Mitsuhiko Ota (School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences) has found that infants exposed to higher numbers of baby talk words are quicker to grasp language. The research (published in Cognitive Science) assessed 9 month old children and found that those heard words such as 'bunny' or 'choo-choo' more frequently are faster at picking up new words between 9 and 21 months of age.
Congratulations to Prof Jon Stone (Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences) and colleagues who have published a study in Brain, finding that 80% of patients suffering from Functional Neurological Disorder still had symptoms in their arms and legs 14 years after the initial diagnosis.
Dr Veronique Miron (Centre for Reproductive Health) and colleagues have published a study showing that a specific molecule in the brain is fundamental to repairing the damage caused in Multiple Sclerosis.
New research involving Professor Rustam Al-Shahi Salman (Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences) has
A newly developed model of cooling’s impact on the scalp has shown that the process – routinely used to limit head injury – can prompt a beneficial drop in temperature deep in the brain.
Prof Margaret Frame and Prof Valarie Brunton (both Centre Research UK Edinburgh Centre, Institute for Genetics & Molecular Medicine) have been awarded a £2.4 million Cancer Research UK Programme Award to understand more about brain tumours and how to target them with drugs – focusing on the most common type of brain tumour, called glioblastoma.
A study led by Professor James Boardman (Director of the Jennifer Brown Research Laboratory at the University of Edinburgh) has shown that premature babies show better brain development when fed breast milk rather than formula.
Dr Martyn Pickersgill (Wellcome Trust Reader in Social Studies of Biomedicine, Usher Institute) is the recipient of a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award - congratulations Martyn!