October 2014

October 2014

28th October 2014: Franco-Scottish Public Lecture: Multiple Sclerosis: has research got us to the end of the beginning or the beginning of the end?

Read the summary report of the lecture on Multiple Sclerosis given by Professor ffrench-Constant and Professor Lubetzki or view the presentation

Speakers: Professor Charles ffrench-Constant, Director, MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine and Professor Catherine Lubetzki, Professor of Neurology, UPMC (Pierre and Marie Curie University), Head of the Neurology Department, Salpetriere Hospital, Paris, France

The inflammation within the brain that causes MS leads, as a result of damage to the myelin that ensheaths nerve fibres, to degeneration of neurons and progressive disability. Research over the last three decades has identified therapies that limit inflammation but none that prevent degeneration and disability. We will describe how collaborations between stem cell biologists, neuroscientists and inflammation biologists addressing this final frontier in MS have generated entirely new ideas, leading to drug discovery programs that may provide effective treatments for progressive disease.

This event was was supported by the French Embassy, London.

28th October 2014: Franco-Scottish Seminar: Towards Repair in Multiple Sclerosis

Read the summary report of the Franco-Scottish Seminar on Towards Repair in Multiple Sclerosis.

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) and the French Embassy in London are collaborating in a programme of science events designed to explore and publicly present areas of science where both Scotland and France have a powerful presence. On 28 October 2014, the Royal Society of Edinburgh hosted one of these Franco-Scottish seminars which focused on the topic of Multiple Sclerosis. The workshop brought together academics and practitioners to exchange ideas and experiences on Multiple Sclerosis research in both Scotland and France.

This event was was supported by the French Embassy, London.

20th-22nd October 2014: RSE-NSFC Workshop on Marine Science with a focus on Biodiversity

The topic for this seminar was ‘Marine Science with a focus on Biodiversity’. Workshop participants presented their work in this area, discussed their work with the other participants and explored opportunities for international collaboration between researchers based in Scotland and China.  A visit to the Sea Mammal Research Unit in St Andrews was also arranged as part of the workshop. 

Following on from this workshop, the intention is that participants will submit an application to the RSE-NSFC Joint Project Scheme to support a two-year research project in this subject area, based on the discussions that took place during the course of the workshop.  The Joint Project funding is designed to facilitate international collaboration between researchers based in Scotland and China.  For each project, the RSE provides up to £6,000 per year for international travel and subsistence, including research expenses.  The NSFC provides a similar level of funding to the Chinese counterpart. The funding is seen as seed money to enable further collaboration and funding in the future.

15th October 2014: Launch Lecture of the Confucius Institute for Scotland's Business Lecture Series by Sir Sebastian Wood KCMG, Britain's Ambassador to China

Read the summary report of Sir Sebastian's Launch Lecture of the Confucius Institute for Scotland's business lecture series.

Following on from the successful Business Lecture Series run in 2012 and 2013, the Confucius Institute for Scotland aims to continue to bring you voices and views from Chinese and Western speakers with deep knowledge of trade and links between Scotland and China.  

The Confucius Institute for Scotland in the University of Edinburgh is a national centre to promote educational, economic, and cultural ties between Scotland and China. It has been and continues to be strongly engaged with the cultural and educational aspects of its remit, and with its Business Lecture Series which launched in 2012, is building an enhanced profile in the economic sector.

This lecture was brought to you as a partnership between the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Confucius Institute for Scotland in the University of Edinburgh.

13th October 2014: Presidential Address: Reflections on the Public Health Service and its Future

Read summary report of Sir John Arbuthnott's lecture on Reflections on the Public Health Service and its Future

Speaker: Sir John Arbuthnott MRIA PRSE FMedSci, President, The Royal Society of Edinburgh; Former Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Strathclyde; Member, Food Standard Agency, Scotland; Chair, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

To mark the end of his three-year Presidency of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Sir John reflected on how the health service has changed throughout his career. He will considered potential future changes, including how the Referendum and other factors might impact upon it. This Presidential Address followed the RSE Annual Statutory Meeting which is not open to the public.

 

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