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6 Jan 2015

The risk of deadly hospital infections could be reduced by coating medical instruments and implants with newly discovered materials that repel bacteria, a new study from the University of Edinburgh suggests.

Adding a new type of protective...

5 Jan 2015

HIV-positive children in developing countries are six times more likely to die from pneumonia than children without the virus, suggests recent research from the Centre of Population Health Sciences at the University of Edinburgh.

The first...

18 Dec 2014

The University of Edinburgh’s position as one of Britain’s leading research universities – and Scotland’s top-ranked research institution – has been reaffirmed by the results of the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework (REF).

The results...

15 Dec 2014

The School of Biological Sciences presented the first Recognising Excellence Awards to members of the School at an event on 11 December 2014.

14 Dec 2014

Edinburgh Infectious Diseases features in the news this week with a great article on Malcolm Walkinshaw in the (Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology, Kings Buildings) published by Research Professional.

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2 Dec 2014

BBSRC has funded a new multidisciplinary network of veterinary vaccinology experts to help in the fight against animal diseases, some of which have the potential to spread to humans.

The UK Veterinary Vaccinology Network will draw together...

1 Dec 2014

Our featured lab in December 2014 is that of Amy Buck in the Centre for Immunity, Infection and Evolution at Kings Buildings.  

Research in Amy's group is focused on understanding the function and mechanism of small RNAs in...

27 Nov 2014

Scientists from the MRC Human Genetics Unit at the University of Edinburgh have discovered how a gene mutation can lead to diseases that occur when the immune system attacks the body by mistake.

Understanding how these mechanisms work could...

25 Nov 2014

Parasites use Trojan horse subterfuge to suppress the immunity of their victims when causing infection, according to a new study from Amy Buck and Rick Maizels' labs in the Institute of Immunology and Infection Research.

The finding, which...

18 Nov 2014

Today is European Antibiotic Awareness Day!

Help promote appropriate and responsible use of antibiotics!

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10 Nov 2014

Dr Francisca Mutapi in the Institue of Immunology and Infection Research at the University of Edinburgh will be giving a lecture to the Global Health Academy on Wednesday 12 November 2014.  She has written a blog to accompany the lecture below....

3 Nov 2014

Some drug-resistant MRSA bugs in UK hospitals can be traced back to a type of bacteria found in farm animals, according to a study by the University's Centre for Immunity, Infection and Evolution and The Roslin Institute.

A strain of drug-...

31 Oct 2014

Work carried out by Gytis Dudas and Andrew Rambaut in the Institute of Evolutionary Biology at Kings Buildings, was recently featured in the Scotsman. 

The article highlights the contributions of Edinburgh researchers to efforts to combat the...

29 Oct 2014

Some bacteria are able to thrive even when under continued attack, scientists have found, in a development that may help explain how our immune systems can't always prevent infections.

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28 Oct 2014

Vets, scientists and technical specialists are teaming up to establish a new European research centre that will combat emerging infectious diseases that affect farm animals and household pets across Europe.

27 Oct 2014

In the summer of 2014 Edinburgh Infectious Diseases sponsored two Edinburgh undergraduate students to undertake research placements at Leiden University...

24 Sep 2014

Enzyme discovery paves way to tackling deadly parasitic diseases

An enzyme found in all living things could hold the key to combatting deadly diseases such as sleeping sickness, suggests a new study from researchers at the University of...

9 Sep 2014

Recent work by University of Edinburgh researchers, analysing the genome sequence of the deadly Ebola virus isolated from patients in the recent outbreak in West Africa, has just been published in the journal Science.

8 Sep 2014

Researchers from the Division of Pathway Medicine and the Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh, have recently called for the need for better understanding of the genetic basis of susceptibility to infectious disease.

They also...

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