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Innovate and Win with the Edinburgh BioQuarter

An initiative linking the University of Edinburgh’s College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine (CMVM), a global leader in life science research, and the University of Edinburgh Business School (UEBS) is helping Edinburgh’s top life science researchers think beyond the lab. Read more »

Scientists genetically modify parasite to vaccinate cattle

One of the many challenges that farmers around the world face is that of protecting their livestock. Diseases such as foot and mouth are prevalent throughout the world, and outbreaks such as the 2007 UK epidemic can have devastating widespread consequences, affecting everything from human health to the worldwide economy. Read more »

Universal malaria vaccine gives hope to half the world's population


Scientists have developed a universal vaccine that could prove successful in battling the many different types of malaria. Read more »

Brain study may prove vital in quest to cut stroke risk

Fresh insights into the way the brain protects itself when starved of its blood supply could lead to new treatments for patients at risk of stroke. Read more »

Doors Open at the University of Edinburgh's King's Buildings


Studying science in a reputable university such as the University of Edinburgh is something everyone fantasises about when growing up. But when you finally make it, what do you usually do there? Read more »

Retrotransposons change our brains


The view that brain cells are static entities that cannot be changed throughout a person’s life is set to change thanks to new research published in Nature (doi:10.1038/nature10531). Read more »

Safety of carbon storage backed by scientists

Recent concerns over the potential threats of carbon capture and storage (CCS) on human health are unnecessary, a study reveals.
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University researchers doing stand-up comedy: is this a good idea?

If Tuesday night’s Bright Club at City Cafe is any indication, then academics are in fact some of the funniest people around. Racking up sold out performances since its debut in July, the Edinburgh Bright Club is the hottest ticket in town these days. Read more »

Stem Cell Study Takes Us One Step Closer to a Cure for Parkinson’s

A cure for Parkinson’s disease is one step closer thanks to scientists at the University of Edinburgh and University College London, who have generated stem cells from one of the most rapidly progressing forms of the disease.

The stem cells will allow researchers to model the disease in the laboratory and shed light on why certain nerve cells die. Read more »

New drug for patients with irregular heart beats

Research by the University of Edinburgh and Duke University in North Carolina may lead to improvements in the treatment of patients with an irregular heart beat. Read more »

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