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Researchers Dr. Chris Henstridge and Dr. Tara Spires-Jones (both Centre for Cognitive and Neural Systems and Euan MacDonald Centre) have published findings suggesting that overactive scavenger cells in the brain may contribute to neurodegeneration.
Dr. Thomas Becker (Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences) and colleagues investigating Parkinson’s have found that zebrafish are able to use specialised brain stem cells to replace lost or destroyed dopamine-producing nerve cells, a process which appears to involve activation of the immune system.
Congratulations to Michael Stringer (Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, Edinburgh Imaging) who was awarded 'Postdoctoral and Early Career Researcher Exchange (PECRE)' funding from SINAPSE, the Scottish Imaging Network. The PECRE scheme provides research and development opportunities for postdoctoral/early career researchers. During his PECRE exchange Michael will visit three groups involved with the Leducq Transatlantic Network: the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute of the University of Southern California (Prof Berislav Zlokovic), Yale University (Prof Helene Benveniste) and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (Prof Sandra Black).
A new study led by Professor Robert Logie (Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences) reviewed more than 100 previous research studies with adults that investigated the different ways in which people remember words, letters, numbers and pictures. This research highlights a range of different mental processes linked to memory that are used in different ways to perform similar tasks, which could be used to help people recall information more readily. The study is published in the Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition.
Professor Andrew McIntosh (Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences), Professor Ian Deary (Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Epidemiology), Dr Michelle Luciano (Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Epidemiology) and colleagues (University of Edinburgh and King's College London) have published results from a study suggesting that people affected by depression may have genes associated with anxiety, worry and low mood. The DNA of over 300,000 people was analysed and many genes were found to link to neuroticism – characterised by feelings of anxiety, worry and guilt. The genes are also linked to depression. The findings help shed light on the causes of depression – which affects one in five people – and could provide information to help better diagnosis and treatment for individuals, scientists say.
Gashirai Mbizvo, a junior doctor and Clinical Research Fellow at the Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre, Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, was invited to present his PhD research at the Scottish Parliament recently. Gash’s PhD is on the Scottish Epilepsy Deaths Study (SEDS) and he presented at the Epilepsy Consortium Scotland, the Cross Party Group meeting held at Scottish Parliament, Holyrood, on 28 March.
Congratulations to Sophie Quick (MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine) for winning the David Miller Young Scientist award at 13th International Conference on Cerebral Vascular Biology 2019.
PhD student Ellie Pickett (Centre for Cogntiive & Neural Systems) has won the Fondation Plan
Congratulations to PhD students Niamh MacSweeney (Clinical Psychology) and Anders Jespersen (Translational Neuroscience) for being awarded a £3,000 STEM Partnership Grant from the Royal Society.
Congratulations to Dr Jon Stone & Dr Alan Carson (both Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences) who have been awarded a National Institutes of Health Research (NIHR) grant. This is a £1,085,426.03 multicentre trial of specialist physiotherapy for functional motor disorders, with centres planned across the UK. The trial will be led by Glenn Nielsen, a physiotherapist at St George's, University of London. This landmark study plans to provide trial data five times larger than any previous trial in this area. Congratulations to all involved!