A major strategic initiative of Centre for Clinical Brain Sceinces and clinical neurosciences is the establishment of Regenerative Neurology as an interdisciplinary translational theme centred on neurodegeneration, stem cells and brain repair. We have complementary programmes of basic and applied research focussed on Multiple Sclerosis and Motor Neurone Disease. The programmes' cross-disciplinary approach to the problem of brain repair is reflected in major partnerships with the Centre for Cognitive and Neural Systems, Centre for Integrative Physiology, Centre for Neuroregeneration, MRC Centre for Inflammation Research and MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine.
The Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic
The Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic is a charitable University of Edinburgh research facility focusing on a wide range of neurological conditions, especially neurodegenerative diseases. - See more at: http://annerowlingclinic.com
The Scottish Multiple Sclerosis Research Centre was established in 2007. Research themes include the role of inflammation in injury and repair, the basic mechanisms of myelination and the role of extracellular signals in the regulation of neural development and repair. Clinical research through the establishment of a progressive disease research clinic will target the development of imaging-based biomarkers of disease activity and identification of polar disease phenotypes.
Motor Neurone Disease
The Euan MacDonald Centre for Motor Neurone Disease Research was opened in 2009 following a substantial donation to the University. The aim of the Centre is to use basic research to discover and trial novel neuroprotective treatments for MND. The Centre is interdisciplinary, spanning a range of experimental models (flies to fish to man). Major groupings target nerve-muscle biology and function, cognition and language, stem cells and disease modelling.
SMART is a national clinical audit of MND patients, which is the result of a multi-centre, multidisciplinary collaboration between representatives of the four Scottish neuroscience centres, other relevant specialists throughout NHS Scotland, patients, and general practitioners. SMART is also a platform for research.
NHS Forth Valley
NHS Dumfries and Galloway