4XTeam along the silk route

May 15th, 2017

The 4XTeam – longstanding friends of The Patrick Wild Centre Gus Alusi and Reem Waines, along with their friends and family – have completed their newest adventure, which took Gus and friends along the silk route from London to Tashkent in just 17 days. The team took on a self-funded driving challenge to raise money for the Patrick Wild Centre. They were driving between eight to ten hours a day over very tough terrain. The journey covered approximately 7,000 miles …

Edinburgh March for Science

April 30th, 2017

More than 2000 scientists and members of the public gathered in Edinburgh on the 22nd of April to promote and defend science. The March for Science saw them descend upon the Scottish Parliament, after starting their parade from Waterloo Place. The march ended with a series of speeches by academics. Professor Peter Kind, Co-Director of the Patrick Wild Centre, made a staunch defence of science. He said: “Our society needs and deserves a citizenry with minds wide awake and a …

£20m boost for research into the developing brain

March 7th, 2017

The Simons Foundation has pledged £20 million for pioneering studies into the biological mechanisms that underpin changes in brain development associated with autism. The Simons Initiative for the Developing Brain will be based at the Patrick Wild Centre. “This is an amazing opportunity to bring together a range of scientific and clinical expertise at the University with the aim of understanding how the brain develops on multiple levels, including molecular biology, neural circuitry, genetics, behaviour and cognition. By combining these …