Tag: research

Understanding and addressing global challenges: EFI’s first elective course

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It’s hard not to marvel at the beauty of the Old Royal Infirmary building as you walk down Lauriston Place. A key part of Edinburgh’s history, the building served as the city’s main hospital until 2003 when it moved out to Little France, now known as Edinburgh BioQuarter.

But the building’s legacy will continue once restoration work finishes and it can house the Edinburgh Futures Institute (EFI). Promoting a completely multi-disciplinary approach to building courses, EFI works, not only across the University, but across the city too, drawing on partnerships in government, industry and communities to be able to make a real impact both locally and globally.

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Being human: exploring the body and beyond

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What does it mean to see, imagine and reimagine bodies? How does biomedicine and technology shape what we think of as the human body? How might this change in the future? 

These are just a few of the questions Ingrid Young, Chancellor’s Fellow, Stephanie Sinclair, Public Engagement and Knowledge Exchange Coordinator, and their colleagues in the Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society, will be exploring in their events for the Being Human festival later this November.

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But they said we wouldn’t find it here: Racism, discrimination and Covid-19

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Dr Gwenetta D Curry is a Lecturer in Race, Ethnicity and Health at the University. Her research interests are racial and ethnic health disparities, critical race theory, and Black family studies. Here she talks a little more about her present research which analyses racial disparities in treatment and infection rates of Covid-19.

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Embracing technology and data-driven methods in academic research

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The pandemic has changed how a lot of people work. More than ever we’re relying on technology and data-driven methods to help with out day-to-day roles. In this issue Edd McCracken, Head of News, speaks to a number of our academics about how they have embraced this new way of working.

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Improving support for early career researchers

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Professor Christina Boswell, Dean of Research in the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, understands what it’s like to wrestle with uncertainty at the start of a career in academia. Here she shares why early career researchers have been hit so hard by the pandemic, and explains how the University is improving the support available.

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Pausing the PhD to understand Covid-19

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Clark Russell is a medical doctor training in infectious diseases and microbiology. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, he was undertaking scientific training through a PhD in immunology as part of the Edinburgh Clinical Academic Track.

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Winners announced for Principal’s Innovation Awards

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A huge congratulations to the seven research projects named as winners of the inaugural Principal’s Innovation Awards. Each research team receives £10,000 to develop its idea further.

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Knowledge exchange during physical distancing

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Edinburgh Research Office’ s Knowledge Exchange and Impact team work mainly with researchers in the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences to connect their work with policy makers, industry, practitioners and the public. Here Dr Shonagh McEwan, Knowledge Exchange Adviser, shares new resources and insights into knowledge exchange during physical distancing.

Over the past few months, we have seen our researchers pivot their research and knowledge exchange (KE) plans as a result of a global pandemic and new public health guidance. All of a sudden, online engagement became a crucial part, if not the only way, to do knowledge exchange.

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COVID-19 test facility built from scratch at IGMM

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Dr Martin Reijns, Senior Research Fellow working in the Medical Research Council Human Genetics Unit, was part of a team of University and NHS scientists who set up a COVID-19 diagnostics lab from scratch. Here Martin tells us how they did it.

Dr Martin Reijns is one of the scientists who took on a huge challenge at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic – to transform University labs normally used for scientific research into a COVID-19 testing facility and to develop an accurate test. With NHS Lothian and his colleagues at the Medical Research Council Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine, they created capacity for 1,000 COVID-19 tests a day for NHS patients in Scotland.

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Adaptation & Renewal: Expertise in the time of Covid

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Edd McCracken, Head of News, examines how our researchers have been using their expertise to provide insight on the pandemic. 

Among the many things that the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown have brought is a certain metronomic quality to life. For months, the daily rhythm of caring, working, Zooming, eating and sleeping has gone unchanged. The easing of restrictions is adding more interesting and varied beats, but one daily occurrence remains the same.

Turn on your TV, tune into a radio station, open a newspaper or read an article online, and chances are there will be a University of Edinburgh expert providing some insight into the coronavirus outbreak.

Since the first major reports of the virus in Wuhan, China in January 2020, scores of our researchers have been called upon to help us make sense of a world that has been turned upside down.

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