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The Scottish Genomes Partnership has signed up its first recruits in a study which will sequence the entire genome of 1000 people, including 330 who have rare diseases, which include conditions such as muscular dystrophies, rare forms of intellectual disability and rare inherited neurological problems.
A study by Richard Chin and colleagues at the Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre provides insights into the long-term health impact of epilepsy in children.
Staying Sharp is a new ‘one-stop-shop’ on the Age UK website, developed in partnership with the Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology (CCACE) at the University of Edinburgh, where you can find out what you need to know about thinking skills in later life.
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.
Many congratulations to Professor Stephen Lawrie, Head of the Division of Psychiatry, who has won
This month, Sue Fletcher-Watson (Clinical Brain Sciences) is featured in the Times Educational Supplement talking about her research as part of the 'Theirworld Edinburgh Birth Cohort' project.
Dr Mark Rodrigues, Professor Rustam Al-Shahi Salman (both Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences) and colleagues have published findings indicating that detecting the cause of the deadliest form of stroke could be improved by a simple blood test added alongside a routine brain scan. Their findings suggest that a genetic test for APOE, combined with a CT scan, could be used to detect stroke caused by intracerebral haemorrhage (ICH).
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.
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.