Leading Life Science Research
Edinburgh life science research is among the
best in the world, being part of one the largest and fastest
growing life science communities in Europe. From the pioneering use
of anaesthesia in the 1840's through to the world’s first cloned
mammal in 1996 - Dolly the sheep, Edinburgh has a proud
history in the life sciences maintaining a high level of research
quality for centuries.
Edinburgh city region is a very
strong research location for life sciences, supported by the
critical mass of world-leading research, research excellence in a
number of life science fields and a focus on
collaboration as a means to advance research and
Edinburgh excels at research into inflammation, cardiovascular
disease, reproductive biology, immunology, cancer, infectious
disease and neuroscience.
The University of Edinburgh undertakes research into important
areas of medical research that are relevant to life today, and aims
are the understanding, alleviation, and eradication of disease and
the health problems of modern society.
Genetics research aims to identify the molecular and cellular
mechanisms underlying normal human development and disease through
world-leading research. This includes the use of modern technology
to advance research into genetic manipulation and epigenetics.
The Edinburgh region is ideal for genetic epidemiology
studies due to to its well-documented and fairly constant
patient population and its host of sophisticated talent in the
field of genetic manipulation.
Stem Cell Research
Stem cell research and regenerative medicine have the potential
to significantly impact on a broad range of life science
Scotland’s stem cell and regenerative medicine research has the
support of the Scottish Stem Cell Network. This national
organisation aims to bring together scientists, clinicians and
business to rapidly translate stem cell research into new
treatments for degenerative diseases – a true translational
Research and Development
Scotland has emerged as world leader in many fields including
cancer research, cardiovascular research, neuroscience, genomics,
proteomics and bioinformatics, signal transduction biology, stem
cell research, virology and immunology.
From broad life science fields to specialist life science
subjects, Edinburgh is exceptional at a number of areas with a
major focus on human healthcare.
The drug discovery industry is evolving rapidly, this evolution
is stimulated by increased accessibility of new technologies
such as next generation sequencing, systems biology and imaging
that enhance our ability to interrogate complex biological
Edinburgh is at the forefront of translational medicine,
embracing the importance of collaboration in order to fully
understand the molecular, cellular and whole systems approach to