CVS Research awarded Rosetrees 2017 Interdisciplinary Prize

CVS Research awarded Rosetrees 2017 Interdisciplinary Prize

Dr James Dear and Professor Yaakov Nahmias

Dr James Dear, Centre for Cardiovascular Science, and Dr Maiwenn Kersaudy-Kerhoas and Dr Till Bachmann, Division of Pathway and Infection Medicine, have been awarded the 2017 Interdisciplinary Prize by the Rosetrees Trust to develop a prototype device to rapidly diagnose drug-induced liver damage.

The theme of the 2017 Rosetrees Interdisciplinary Prizes is to promote collaborative research between medicine and engineering.

Dr. James Dear, Lead Investigator at Edinburgh, said:

Our project will make a new device to rapidly measure a new class of blood test. This microRNA can diagnose liver damage from drugs more accurately than current tests. Funding from the Rosetrees Trust will bring together doctors and engineers to solve this challenge.

The University of Edinburgh researchers are joint winners, along with Professor Yaakov Nahmias, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Richard Ross, Chairman of the Rosetrees Trust, said:

Each year Rosetrees seeks the best research to support and every year the quality is a little better. This year the judging panel found it extremely hard to choose a winner because there were so many outstanding projects. Well done to Edinburgh University and Hebrew University, Jerusalem and thank you to the many high quality applicants to whom we wish luck in attaining funding for their exciting projects.