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At-Risk Academics and Refugees Initiative

In 2016 the Young Academy of Scotland became the first young academy in the world to introduce at-risk academic and refugee (ARAR) professional membership. Now, one year after its conception, YAS has released its Year One Report on the initiative.

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Short film based on research from a YAS member wins Edinburgh Film Festival’s Youth Hub Filmmaking Competition

Siobhán O’Connor, a member of the YAS Health and Wellbeing working group and lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University, was selected to take part in the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF)’s Youth Hub Filmmaking Competition. Along with two other female scientists, she presented her health research to a group of young Scottish filmmakers on Saturday 17th June 2017. Supported by the Wellcome Trust, the project was designed to engage young people in understanding how science and research is represented in film and to inspire them to produce their own short film to educate and inform the public about issues facing contemporary society.

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The winning entry "Malaria Hysteria" can be viewed on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mq5NDCRl6RY&t=1s... Read More
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A Case Study in Advanced Kidney Cancer

One of our YAS emeritus members, Ian Overton and his research group, supported by an RSE Scottish Government Fellowship, have published research entitled, "Overcoming intratumoural heterogeneity for reproducible molecular risk stratification: a case study in advanced kidney cancer"

 

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Voice of the Future 2017

 

 

On 15th March 2017, one of our YAS members, Ian Le Bruce, represented the Young Academy of Scotland and the Royal Society of Edinburgh at Voice of the Future 2017.

You can read his write-up on the event below and his other articles on LinkedIn here.

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The First YAS Emeritus Dinner

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On Tuesday 23rd May the Young Academy of Scotland hosted the first ever YAS Emeritus dinner at the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

The dinner was attended by several Emeritus members, as well as the current YAS Facilitating Group (FG) and YAS staff. The objective of the evening was to hear from members and learn more about their experiences within YAS, their motivations for applying for YAS and what we could provide, as an organisation, to Emeritus members.

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Alexander (Sasha) Kagansky is a Chancelor’s Fellow at the MRC Human Genetics Unit, Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine, School of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences, College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh, and leads the research at the Synthetic Epigenetics Lab, Chromosomes and Gene Expression Section of the IGMM.
In 2005 – 2012 Sasha worked at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh, as a postdoctoral research associate (Robin Allshire lab, until 2010) and then as senior research associate (Bill Earnshaw lab). Research in his lab is aimed at the understanding of the molecular basis of the epigenetic transitions of the mammalian genomes, and at finding ways to control these transitions, which will be crucial for the future of molecular medicine. In his studies he combines genetics, synthetic biology, biochemistry and proteomics. He received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology in 2004 after spending 3 years in National Institutes of Health in USA. In 1998 he got his MS in Biophysics from from St.Petersburg State Polytechnical University in Russia.

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In 2016 the Young Academy of Scotland became the first young academy in the world to introduce at-ri...