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Professors Joanna Wardlaw (Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh), Karen Horsburgh (Centre for Neuroregeneration, University of Edinburgh) and Rhian Touyz (Institute of Cardiovascular & Medical Sciences, University of Glasgow) are guest editors on the recently released Clinical Science special edition on small vessels, dementia & chronic disease.
The pioneering dementia ‘buddy scheme’ headed by Dr Chris Henstridge (Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences) and co-ordinated by Lilian Kennedy (Social Anthropology) was recently featured on BBC News. The scheme pairs university researchers with people who are living with dementia to enable them to learn from each other.
Prof Tara Spires-Jones (Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences) and colleagues have published a study investigating Alzheimer's, showing that a protein called clusterin builds up in vital parts of neurons, synapses, and may damage these links.
Professor Tara Spires-Jones (Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences) has co-led a study that has demonstrated the presence of phosphorylated α-synuclein at synapses, and disrupted synaptic function, in brain tissue from patients with a common form of dementia, Dementia with Lewy Bodies.
A dementia ward at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital has been given a makeover as part of a project funded by a University of Edinburgh Innovation Initiative Grant that explores how colour can improve the daily experience of patients, visitors and staff. This collaboration between Edinburgh College of Art and ArtLink, staff at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, and patients' relatives has helped to create a calmer environment according to hospital staff.
Dr Heather Whalley and Prof Andrew McIntosh (both Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences) and colleagues from the Centre for Cognitive Ageing & Cognitive Epidemiology and the University of Glasgow have found, using diffusion tensor imaging, that white matter integrity is reduced in people with symptoms indicative of depression compared to those without.
Congratulations to Dr David Howard, Professor Andrew McIntosh (both Centre for Clincial Brain Sciences) and colleagues, who have identified nearly 80 genes that may be involved in depression.
Dr Christos Gkogkas and colleagues in the Patrick Wild Centre have found that a commonly used diabetes drug, Metformin, could help people with a common inherited form of autism (fragile X syndrome).
Congratulations to Dr Barry McColl (Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences) and his research group, who are part of an international consortium, Stroke-ImPACT which was recently awarded €6M from Fondation Leducq to study the immunological mechanisms linking stroke and dementia.
Congratulations to Dr David Hunt (Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences), who has been awarded a prestigious 5-year award of £1.6m to study how abnormal immune activation affects the brain, especially its fragile network of small blood vessels.