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 …

A genetic timetable of the brain’s ageing process

September 19th, 2017

Professor Seth Grant and colleagues have published a study in eLIFE suggesting the existence of a genetic programme that controls the way our brain changes throughout life. The programme controls how and when brain genes are expressed at different times in a person’s life to perform a range of functions. The timing is so precise that the researchers can tell the age of a person by looking at the genes that are expressed in a sample of brain tissue. Scientists …

Fragile X Syndrome: Educate to Empower Workshops

September 12th, 2017

A series of joint workshops run by the Fragile X Society in collaboration with the Patrick Wild Centre The Patrick Wild Centre and the Fragile X Society have collaborated to produce a new resource pack for families newly diagnosed with fragile X syndrome.  To launch the pack they are conducting a series of workshops around Scotland targeted at relevant health professionals.  They aim to raise awareness of fragile X syndrome and the importance of accurate and timely diagnosis. You can …