Edinburgh International Investments draws on expertise from the University of Edinburgh and other leading UK centres of excellence.
Globally, Edinburgh Medical School was ranked 12th in 2015 and 2016 for clinical, preclinical medicine and health. Overall, 84% of medical research activity is rated world leading or internationally excellent. Edinburgh is ranked No.1 in Scotland for medicine.
The University of Edinburgh has invested strongly in state of the art research facilities including rodent pathology, mass spectrometry, a bioinformatics hub, Advanced Light Microscopy, and an extensive Zebrafish aquarium.
Edinburgh’s imaging resources include 7T magnetic resonance scanner, ultrasound and optical imaging equipment, 3T MRI, PET/CT, a dedicated on-site Cyclotron, and 320-slice multidetector CT.
The Director of Health Data Research UK, is University of Edinburgh Vice Principal (Data Science) Professor Andrew Morris CBE MD FRCP FRSE FMedSci. Professor Morris is responsible for six research clusters across the UK comprising 22 universities, research and NHS organisations. His mission is to harness data science on a national scale in order to unleash the potential for data and technologies to drive breakthroughs in medical research, improving the way we are able to prevent, detect and diagnose diseases like cancer, heart disease and asthma.
Professor Morris is special advisor to the board and management of Edinburgh International Investments.
At the University of Edinburgh, medical research disciplines include
Reproductive Medicine: The Centre for Reproductive Health is the only UK Medical Research Council (MRC) funded research centre that focuses exclusively on reproduction, placing Edinburgh in a unique position.
Health disorders being investigated include infertility, fetal growth restriction, preterm birth, stillbirth, polycystic ovarian syndrome, heavy periods, endometriosis, fibroids, cancers of the reproductive system, and aberrations in brain development.
The Centre carries out pioneering research into fertility preservation and aims to optimise lifelong health through pregnancy and perinatal interventions.
The Centre aim is to carry out world-class research and develop therapeutic and preventative strategies to improve health and reproductive outcomes. It also seeks opportunities to train and nurture the next generation of exceptional scientists.
Cardiovascular Science: The British Heart Foundation / University of Edinburgh Centre for Cardiovascular Science delivers internationally leading research into the causes, consequences and therapy of cardiovascular diseases. Cardiovascular disease is a major health problem, encapsulating a range of conditions including myocardial infarction, coronary heart disease, arterial thrombosis, peripheral artery disease, stroke and angina.
Metabolism Obesity and Diabetes, Hypertension and Renal: A major underlying cause of cardiovascular disease is artherosclerosis and subsequent tissue ischaemia, which may be associated with conditions such as obesity, diabetes, kidney disease, hypertension and high cholesterol.
Cardiometabolic Imaging: non-invasive imaging techniques have revolutionised the ability to determine primary causes of cardiac, vascular and metabolic disease as well as the efficacy of potential therapies. generate disease modelling and novel imaging techniques that will ultimately improve diagnosis and future therapies.
Vascular Injury and Repair: There is an urgent unmet clinical need for simple non-invasive methods to detect microvascular dysfunction, which might allow earlier identification of patients at increased risk of cardiovascular disease. It is well recognized that the eye may act as a ‘window’ to the microvasculature. Retinal optical coherence tomography (OCT) has transformed how we image the eye, enabling non-invasive, high-resolution, cross-sectional imaging of the retina in vivo. There is growing interest in retinal OCT as a novel method for identifying patients at increased CVD risk.
Brain: identifying the cause of a brain haemorrhage is important to planning patient care. Our findings suggest that the combination of routine CT scanning with APOE gene testing can identify those whose ICH has been caused by CAA – a group who may be more at risk of another ICH or dementia.
Cancer: full integration of the Edinburgh Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre and the Host and Tumour Profiling Unit, combined scientific and technological expertise to develop new therapies for patients, faster.
Liver disease: promoting healthy liver regeneration and reducing the formation of liver cirrhosis and cancer.
Stem cells: disease and tissue repair to advance human health.
Computer science and informatics: The University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics is Britain’s largest, longest established and highest quality research grouping in informatics. The School is considered world-leading, standing with the foremost U.S. institutes, particularly in areas such as artificial intelligence, natural language processing and machine translation, and theoretical computer science.
In the most recent British government research assessment, REF 2014, University of Edinburgh School of Informatics submitted high quality research from more full time staff than any other school or department of Computer Science in the UK, around 20% greater than 2nd place University of Oxford.
- 33% of research outputs received the top grade (4*).
- 48% of impact case studies received the top grade.
- 60% of research environment received the top grade.
- 48% of impact case studies received the top grade (4*, world-leading).
- 80% of impact was classified as world-leading or internationally excellent (4* or 3*).
Research areas include:
- Analytics and Machine Learning
- Cloud Computing and Infrastructure
- Databases, Data Quality, Integration and Exchange
- Data Flows and Real-time Streaming
- Data Security & Privacy
- Image Processing
- Information Visualisation
- Mobile & Location Based Applications
- Natural Language Processing
- Parallel Computing
- Search, Semantic Web and Information Retrieval
- Text Mining & Knowledge Discovery
Recognising the importance of data in the delivery of healthcare, Data Science is now compulsory for all medical students at the University of Edinburgh.