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Dr Tilo Kunath (MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine) has worked with colleagues at the University of Manchester and Joy Milne, someone who can smell Parkinson’s, to identify molecules on the skin that change in people with the condition.
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.
People with sight problems could benefit from a surgical trial advance that has been shown to help restore the surface of the eye. Doctors led by Professor Baljean Dhillon (Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences) made the world-first step by carrying out a clinical trial using stem cells from donors to create tissue that was transplanted into patients with a condition that causes blindness. Researchers say the trial offers clues about how eye tissue loss could be repaired using stem cells from organ donors. It also sheds light on the causes of sight disorders. The trial focused on limbal stem cell deficiency (LSCD), which can result from damage to eye from chemicals or heat, or be caused by a disease called aniridia. It leads to scarring and severe vision loss in both eyes as well as chronic pain and redness. The project, published in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine was funded by UK Stem Cell Foundation, Scottish Enterprise and the Chief Scientist Office, part of Scottish Government Health Directorates.
It is with deep sadness that we announce the death our colleague John Starr, Honorary Professor of Health and Ageing.
Grab yourself a cup of tea and tune into BBC radio 4 on Monday 20 November 2017 at 9am to hear Professor Lesley Colvin (Consultant and Honorary Professor in Pain Medicine, University of Edinburgh) do a live broadcast on the topic of 'pain' with Andrew Marr on his "Start the Week" show. You can catch it live or on the BBCiPlayer Radio.
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.
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).
Yifei Yang, Prof. David Price and Dr. Tom Pratt (all Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh) have co-authored a new publication in 'Science' with David Price's former PhD student, Dr. Da Mi, now at Kings College London with Oscar Marin.
University of Edinburgh researchers, led by Prof. Craig Ritchie (Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences), have joined forces to form a major brain imaging project - the TriBEKa consortium - looking at the first factors that determine risk of dementia. This project was launched on 14 July 2017 at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in London.
Dr Thomas Becker and colleagues in the Centre for Neuroregeneration have used the regenerative capacity of zebrafish to uncover key mechanisms in the regrowth of spinal cord neurones following damage.They found that collagen 12 is produced by fibroblasts and this changes the structure of the support matrix which surrounds the nerve fibres, enabling regrowth across the wound site.