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Welcome, This e-Zine is designed for students who have an offer with the University of Edinburgh-College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, to provide you with the latest College updates as well as further details on your journey to the University.

Hi A lot has been happening at the college recently! We’ve been working on a new smart phone application to provide you with more information on studying with us, and their has been some really interesting research developments in MRSA detection. We’re also receiving a lot of applications at the moment, but the whole team is working very hard to process them as soon as possible and answer any queries you may have. A big thank you to all those who have joined the Google group and left feedback, it’s very much appreciated. I hope your preparations to begin your studies are progressing well, and if you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us. Best wishes, Barry Connolly Customer Relationship Manager Barry.Connolly@ed.ac.uk


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MRI scans to see if they can determine when best to deliver babies that are not growing as fast as they should in the womb. The University study aims to see if changes to the placenta can indicate when babies that are not growing as fast as they should need to be delivered (Read More) These babies should be delivered to improve their survival rates.

Tiny sensors could aid rapid MRSA detectiony sensors could aid rapid MRSA in wounds could identify the superbug quickly and help prevent infection from spreading. Scientists have developed the test to show whether wounds or lesions are infected with bacteria and if MRSA is present. Test The test, developed at the University of Edinburgh in collaboration with NHS Lothian, works by taking swabs from a wound or sores. These are then analysed using a strip with electrical sensors that can detect MRSA. Researchers currently process the swab samples in the laboratory to increase the amount of bacteria present before testing them. They hope to avoid the need for this in the future by improving the strip’s sensitivity. (Read More)


Latest College News Smart Phone App The new College smart phone app is set to be launched next month, and will be available to download via i-Tunes. The app will be updated monthly and aims to provide you with up to date College news, guidance on induction and matriculation, as well as information about living and studying in Edinburgh. News of the launch will be announced via the website and social media communities.

Fever study benefits African infants. Thousands of African children at high risk of infection for an endemic disease could soon benefit from treatment. Researchers tested hundreds of children aged between one and five in countries in sub-Saharan Africa where snail fever - also known as bilharzia or schistosomiasis - is endemic (Read More)

Achilles’ heel found for malaria Scientists have identified a link between different strains of malaria parasites that cause severe disease. The development could help develop vaccines or drugs against life-threatening cases of the infection. Researchers have identified a key protein that is common to many potentially fatal forms of the condition. They found that antibodies that targeted this protein were effective against these severe malaria strains. (Read More)


Why Study In Edinburgh? Edinburgh has something for everyone. There are great pubs, clubs and restaurants, theatres and cinemas, museums, galleries, parks, gardens, shops and sport centres. Culture and heritage Find out more about the lively cultural life of the city from historic buildings to contemporary art. Festivals Theatre. Jazz. Science. Books. Film. Television. Fashion. Art. You name it. We’ve got a festival for it

Eating Tapas, noodles, curry, sushi, chateaubriand. It’s not all haggis and shortbread you know. Sport and activities Spectator or adrenalin junkie? Find out more about activities to do (or watch) in the capital

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Accommodation Overview Guarantee and deadlines New single postgraduate students from outside the EU are guaranteed an offer of student accommodation. For postgraduates from within the EU studying for the full year 2011-12, if you would still like to be considered for University accommodation, it is important you apply online using the 'Ready to apply' link below and, when requested, ensure you opt to go onto the waiting list.

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Self-catered details Self-catered accommodation options for new single postgraduate students, including locations, room types and prices. Self-catered details Catered details Catered accommodation options for new single postgraduate students, including location, room types and prices. Catered details

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Student Blogs Follow the College’s student ambassadors and their experiences at the University of Edinburgh:

http://explorecmvm.blogspot.com Callum Johnstone Current PhD student studying aspects of Dementia. Follow his blog at: http://callumjohnston.blogspot.com/ Xin Ma Current PhD student studying causes of Alzheimer's disease.Follow her blog at: http://florazgnd.blogspot.com/

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Virtual Drop-in Sessions We will be hosting Virtual Drop-in Sessions throughout the year. All you need to take part is a computer with headphones and broadband internet connection. These live-chat online sessions are perfect for those who: • Can't attend the on-campus Open Day • Want to ask general questions about Masters/Dip/Cert programmes or PhD study • General Admissions Drop-in Session

Our Virtual Drop-in Sessions give you the chance to ask our admissions team anything about the application process for our Masters, research and online distance learning programmes. In addition to College events, there are also several other drop-in sessions between March and May, covering topics from funding to accommodation. Participate in College Postgraduate drop-in session on 26th April between 15:00 and 17:00 GMT+1 Participate in College Postgraduate drop-in session on 23rd May between 15:00 and 17:00 GMT+1 Find out more about online events at the University Instructions on logging into our online events here


Have your research proposal published in the next issue! Interested in sharing your research ideas before you begin your programme with future academic colleagues? Send us a brief outline of your research proposal and we will publish it in next month’s e-zine. This will give you the opportunity to interact in academic debate with future colleagues before your programme begins, and perhaps share ideas or appropriate search methodologies? If you would like your proposal in next month’s e-zine, please contact Barry Connolly at: Barry.Connolly@ed.ac.uk


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Contact Details If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate To contact us at: Postgraduate Office College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine The University of Edinburgh The Chancellor's Building 49 Little France Crescent Edinburgh EH16 4SB Tel: +44(0)131 242 6460/6461 Email:mvmpg@ed.ac.uk

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