Fellowship award for Rowling Scholar Dr Arpan Mehta

26 July 2017

We are delighted to announce that one of our Rowling Scholars, Dr Arpan Mehta, has secured a prestigious clinical research training fellowship. The Lady Edith Wolfson Clinical Fellowship is a partnership between the Motor Neurone Disease Association and the Medical Research Council (MRC). This fellowship will help to launch Arpan's career as an aspiring academic neurologist, providing comprehensive training in cellular, molecular and bioinformatics technologist in a world-class environment.

Arpan's PhD project supervised by Professors Siddharthan Chandran and Giles Hardingham, examines the most common known genetic mutation in motor neurone disease (MND), the C9orf72 mutation Arpan will exploit the recent advances in patient-derived stem cell modelling and gene editing to better understand the molecular mechanisms underlying MND.

Arpan said "I am extremely grateful and honoured to have been awarded this generous fellowship enabling me to undertake research using the latest technologies in the vibrant regenerative neuroscience environment that is in Edinburgh."

The Rowling Scholarship is a flagship training fellowship programme that aims to attract, inspire and nurture the next generation of regenerative clinical-neuroscientists. In Arpan's case, he stepped out of his clinical training as a neurology registrar in Oxford, choosing Edinburgh for his PhD, and he has secured funding from the MRC after only six months in post as a Rowling Scholar.

Arpan's research in Edinburgh will benefit from the closely linked clinical and laboratory research networks of the Anne Rowling Clinic, Euan MacDonald Centre for MND Research and the UK Dementia Research Institute at the University of Edinburgh.

Related links:
Rowling Scholars' Clinical Academic Training Scheme

Euan MacDonald Centre for Motor Neurone Disease Research

Neurodegenerative disease research in the University of Edinburgh Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences

UK Dementia Research institute

Motor Neurone Disease Association Lady Edith Wolfson Clinical Fellowship Programme


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