Welcome to the MRC Centre for Inflammation Research

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CIR Imaging Suite including confocal microscopy and flow cytometry services. State of the art clinical and small mammal molecular imaging: MRI, CT, PET.

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Training clinical and non-clinical scientists in the molecular, cell and tissue biology of inflammatory and immune processes.

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MRC Centre for Inflammation Research

A multidisciplinary centre of excellence; Internationally outstanding researchers developing novel approaches of diagnosis, prevention and treatment

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Three key thematic areas: Immune Modulation and Regulation of Inflammation; Tissue Remodelling and Regeneration; and Imaging Inflammation.

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Deanery of Clinical Sciences: Athena SWAN Silver status

The CIR strives to promote a culture of respect and nurtures excellence, leadership and innovation and inclusion of people from all backgrounds

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Athena SWAN silver award logo

The University of Edinburgh / Medical Research Council (MRC) Centre for Inflammation Research (CIR) is a multidisciplinary centre in which clinical and non-clinical scientists prosecute internationally competitive research to identify targets and deliver translational benefits. Additionally, the Centre is a highly fertile environment for the training of scientific and medical graduates in inflammation biology. Our College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine ranked outstanding in the recent UK REF2014 research assessment.

MRC-CIR Image of the Month
June 2016

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is now the commonest chronic liver disease worldwide. There is a huge effort from industry and academia to develop new treatments for NAFLD and liver fibrosis (scarring). In the Fallowfield Group we have investigated a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique in experimental models, in collaboration with Perspectum Diagnostics and GlaxoSmithKline. The MRI method generates 'maps' of the whole liver, enabling measurement of fibrosis, fat and iron. Here we show an MRI cross section image of a rat abdomen  (T1- weighted), used to assess liver inflammation and fibrosis. The comprehensive non-invasive assessment of liver health will help to address the 3Rs (Replacement, Reduction and Refinement of animal research) and could be used to monitor the progression/regression of liver disease in animal models, evaluating the effectiveness of emerging treatments and identifying the most promising drugs to trial in humans.

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This page was last modified on 12 April, 2016