Translational Neuroscience PhD Blog
Hello! This is a blog run by the PhD students on the Wellcome Trust 4 Year PhD Programme in Translational Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh.
There’s currently 19 of us spread across three cohorts, that come from some very exotic places (I think Egypt takes the biscuit, although Lisdoonvarna is a close second). Similar to other Wellcome Trust programmes across the UK, we spend our first year doing three ten-week rotation projects that range across the lifespan; our first project is based on neurodevelopment, and the last is in the area of neurodegeneration. However, what makes this programme unique is that it aims to train basic scientists to think more translationally, so we are fortunate enough to experience clinical aspects of neuroscience first-hand; we visit the neonatal intensive care ward, psychiatric outpatient clinic and memory clinic, just to name a few.
Neurological disorders are the leading cause of disability worldwide, and with hundreds of failed clinical trials in areas like Alzheimer’s disease and stroke it is vital that future scientists put patients at the forefront of their research. By doing so we may be able to understand the mechanism of neurological disease, and ultimately discover new treatments that will improve the lives of patients living with these devastating disorders.
We are delighted to be given this unique opportunity to train as Translational Neuroscientists and hope to make substantial contributions to this field during our four years here in Edinburgh, and throughout the rest of our careers. The community of both clinical and basic neuroscience research here at the University of Edinburgh puts us in the perfect place to achieve the goals of this PhD…and it helps that Edinburgh just so happens to be the most beautiful city in the world!