The Family in Residence project has been nominated for the Thelmas

June 13th, 2017

The Family in Residence project has been nominated for the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2017 in the category “Knowledge Exchange/Transfer Initiative of the Year”. The Family in Residence project, funded by the University of Edinburgh Innovation Initiative, has pioneered a new way to connect with stakeholders. Over 12 months the Patrick Wild Centre worked with a family, consisting of people with fragile X syndrome, carriers, and unaffected individuals, to be embedded within the Centre. During the year members …

Autism-linked condition helped by diabetes drug

June 11th, 2017

A team of researchers led by Dr Christos Gkogkas from the Patrick Wild Centre, together with colleagues from McGill University and Université de Montréal, Canada, have found that a commonly used diabetes drug, Metformin, has the potential to help people with a common inherited form of autism (fragile X syndrome). Fragile X syndrome affects around 1 in 4,000 boys and 1 in 6,000 girls. It is the most common known cause of inherited intellectual disability. Affected children have developmental delays that impair …

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 …