The ESRIC team are delighted to have received the coveted STEM Research Project of the Year trophy at last week’s prestigious Times Higher Education Awards, widely recognized as the “Oscars of higher education”.

The project impressed judges for its mission to bring together researchers from across the globe and different scientific disciplines to better understand the mechanisms of disease in areas such as cancer, dementia and diabetes. Judges noted that ESRIC “has already delivered prolific results, including a new diagnosis for cataracts – a major cause of blindness”.

THE award presentation

ESRIC is a collaboration between Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh, made possible thanks to funding from the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust. It enables bio-research by creating an open-access platform that makes the most advanced microscopies accessible to all, while developing novel technologies.

On receiving the award, Professor Rory Duncan, co-director of ESRIC remarked “the award is a testament to the first-class research going on at Heriot-Watt and all the researchers who strive to make a difference to people’s lives.

“It’s exciting that our studies have the potential to advance microscopy and help with medical breakthroughs and we’re delighted to pick up this prestigious prize. Our partnership with colleagues in the University of Edinburgh really shows the power of working across disciplines”.

Professor Wendy Bickmore FRS, FMedSci, co-director of ESRIC and Director of the MRC Human Genetics Unit at the University of Edinburgh added: “As partners with Heriot-Watt in the ESRIC, we at the University of Edinburgh’s Medical Research Council Institute of Genetics and Molecular medicine are thrilled with the award.

“This project is an exemplar of how interdisciplinary work across the physical, optical and biomedical sciences can empower life science researchers to explore biology at unparalleled levels of spatial resolution”.

This year’s gala ceremony took place at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane in London, and was hosted by comedian Al Murray. More than 1,100 guests gathered to celebrate the extraordinary talent, creativity and resourcefulness of the UK’s universities.

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