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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.
The Cabinet Secretary for Health, Jeane Freeman MSP, visited the Royal Edinburgh Hospital last month to learn about some of the research funded by the MRC in Scotland. She was hosted by Prof Andrew McIntosh, and had the opportunity to meet with MRC researchers working on two projects based at the University of Edinburgh, the MRC Mental Health Data Pathfinder award and the Generation Malawi project.
The journal Nature has published an Editorial focussing on a study led by Professor Malcolm Macleod (CAMARADES group, Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences) which analysed papers published in Nature journals and looked at completeness of reporting following the implementation of checklists for authors.
On Wednesday 28 June 2017, members of the University of Edinburgh's Stroke Research Group (SRG), both past and present, gathered to celebrate 30 years of stroke research in Edinburgh. There was an excellent turn out for the celebration, including Professor Emeritus Charles Warlow, and Peter Sandercock presented a nostalgic walk down memory lane before cutting the cake.
Prof Mark Evans (Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences) and colleagues have published a study investigating cellular processes in the body, indicating that cells can rapidly rewire their communication networks to change their behaviour.
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).
Professor Ian Deary and colleagues (Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology/ Psychology) have followed up more than 65,000 people who took part in The Scottish Mental Survey in 1947 at the age of 11, to examine the association between intelligence measured in childhood and leading causes of death in men and women over the life course.
Professor James Boardman (MRC Centre for Reproductive Health) and Dr Sue Fletcher-Watson (Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences) have published a study that suggests children who grow up in disadvantaged backgrounds are three time more likely to develop difficulties with language than those from more affluent areas. Failure to address the social factors that lead to this difference means children might not fully develop the language skills that are critical for emotional development, wellbeing and educational and employment opportunities.
Researchers at the University of Edinburgh (Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, The Roslin Institute and MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine), in collaboration with researchers from Houston & San Fransisco, have developed a new system to study Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) in the laboratory, paving the way for research to find treatments for the fatal brain disorder. The team have devised a method of studying the abnormal proteins responsible for the disease – called prions – in specialised brain cells grown from stem cells. The advance marks the first time scientists have been able to infect human cells with the proteins in the laboratory.
Huge congratulations to Professor Rustam Al-Shahi Salman, Professor Colin Smith, Dr Emily Sena and Dr Grant Mair (all Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences) who each received an award at the Stroke Association Annual Awards Ceremony on the 2nd of May!