Scientists from Edinburgh University working with researchers in the USA and Ireland have made a discovery which could lead to new treatments for cystic fibrosis. They’ve found that immune cells called neutrophils, which normally defend against infection, can sometimes cause damage to the lungs. They are working on drugs that will attack these cells and slow or stop the progression of the disease.
I’ve reported before on other cases of Scottish researchers make an international contribution so it’s good to see another like this. Here are the links to some earlier examples which confirm the high value of our University system and its reputation abroad:
Scotland (Edinburgh), Singapore (1) and Switzerland (2) are the only small countries to have universities in the world’s top twenty-rated institutions. Bear in mind how affluent Singapore and Switzerland are. All of the others are in the USA, England and France. Research output is the main criterion.