Edinburgh Neuroscience Christmas Public Lecture

November 20th, 2017

Understanding Disorders of the Developing Brain in the 21st Century – by Professor Peter Kind 13 December, 6-7pm, Anatomy Lecture Theatre Please join us for the Neuroscience Christmas Public Lecture, which will be delivered by Professor Peter Kind, Director of the Patrick Wild Centre. Autism Spectrum Disorders and Intellectual Disabilities affect 1-2% of our population yet we still have no rational therapeutic intervention to help affected individuals. Despite the current lack of medicines, novel technologies in the fields of genetics, …

‘Mini-gene’ therapy relieves features of Rett syndrome in mice

November 1st, 2017

Delivering a fragment of the Rett syndrome gene, MECP2, into neurons eases features of the syndrome in mice, according to a new study by Adrian Bird of the Patrick Wild Centre and Stuart Cobb of the University of Glasgow which appeared in the journal Nature. The MECP2 protein is a master regulator of other genes, and a lack of it leads to Rett syndrome. A portion of the protein is known to play a critical role in regulating other genes. …

Researcher in Spotlight – Cathy Abbott

October 3rd, 2017

The Patrick Wild Centre is starting a new regular feature on its website called “Researcher in Spotlight”, where we ask our researchers to tell us a bit more about themselves. First up is Cathy Abbott. Could you give us a quick overview of your background and career so far? I did my first degree in Pathobiology, then a PhD in Biochemical Genetics – I did the biochemistry bits at Reading University and the mouse genetics at MRC Harwell. I then …