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Adrian Bird

Congratulations to Adrian Bird who received the International Prize for Translational Neuroscience of the Gertrud Reemtsma Foundation for findings on the cause of Rett syndrome.  

Bill Earnshaw elected to the Council of the American Society for Cell Biology

Congratulations to Bill Earnshaw who has been elected to the Council of the American Society for Cell Biology. 


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David Tollervey elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences

Congratulations to David Tollervey who has been elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

The Academy of Medical Sciences has elected 60 outstanding biomedical and health scientists to its influential Fellowship. The new Fellows have been recognised for their remarkable contributions to biomedical and health science and their ability to generate new knowledge and improve the health of people everywhere.

First Gene Therapy Trial for Rett Syndrome - based on Bird Lab research

On 29th March 2022 a clinical trial was announced by the California-based Company “Taysha Gene Therapies”. This is the first gene therapy trial for Rett syndrome and is based on a “mini-MeCP2” construct that Prof Adrian Bird’s laboratory published in Nature in 2017 (Tillotson et al, 2017) and patented via Edinburgh University. Taysha sub-licensed the IP and will conduct a phase 1 trial in Montreal in the coming months.

Adele Marston elected to Fellow of The Royal Society of Edinburgh

On the 22 March The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) announced that Adele Marston has been elected as an RSE Fellow.

This prestigious fellowship recognises the major contributions Adele has made to understanding the origin of aneuploidy, particularly during meiosis the cell division that generates eggs and sperm, one of the major causes of infertility.

Julie Welburn received the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) Patrick Neill Medal

Congratulations to Dr. Julie Welburn, who is one of just 9 recipients of this year’s Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) medals.  Julie has been awarded the RSE Patrick Neill Medal for enhancing our understanding of human cell division and disease through her research into the structure and cooperativity of key motor proteins and microtubule tracks.

The Patrick Neill Medal is awarded to early career researchers in Life Sciences for exceptional achievement in science.