The Medical Fund
The Medical Fund
The difference your gift will make:
The College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences at the University of Glasgow has an outstanding reputation for the quality of education it provides through the Medical School, and as a major centre for world class research into the diseases and conditions that affect many of us and our loved ones. Help us continue this tradition!
Through the Medical Fund you can:
- Support research into an area of illness that interests you
- Help to attract the brightest students and the best staff to Glasgow
- Invest in the University's contribution to medical breakthroughs
All donations go towards furthering our understanding of disease, helping to improve diagnosis, produce more effective treatments, and support disease prevention.
There has been a Dental School & Hospital in Glasgow since 1879. Today, the School has an annual intake of approximately 90 undergraduate students and offers a taught postgraduate programme, the MSc (Dent Sci) in Primary Dental Care as well as MPhil programmes in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, and Restorative Dentistry.
The Dental Hospital & School building in Sauchiehall Street has been undergoing an extended period of renovation over the past few years with upgrades to infrastructure, clinical facilities and teaching facilities. The dental curriculum has also been highly acclaimed in recent years, achieving 100% overall student satisfaction in the four consecutive National Student Surveys of 2011 – 2014. Following our position earlier in the year at the top of the 2015 Sunday Times Good University Guide and identification as the UK Centre of Excellence for Dentistry, Glasgow Dental School is top of the rankings in the Complete University Guide 2016, published on 27 April 2015. In order to continue this excellent track record, we are looking to upgrade our last remaining teaching facility which is no longer fit for purpose.
There has been an explosion in new technologies that are revolutionising dentistry both at the chair side and in the laboratory methods available to support the clinician. The current ‘Prosthodontics Teaching Laboratory’ was designed for a previous era and a fundamentally different, integrated ‘Dental Technology Teaching Suite’ is required in order to deliver a student-centred experience that ensures a detailed understanding of modern dental technologies.
> Find out more about Dentistry at the University of Glasgow
Diabetes is a major cause of heart disease, kidney failure and blindness in the UK.
Rising obesity levels – the major health issue of our time - are fuelling rising diabetes levels everywhere, including more cases in children and adolescence. Three million people in the UK live with diabetes.
Your support will help our researchers carry out important research and potentially find a cure. A gift to the Medical Fund to further research into diabetes will help us to understand how the disease works, how it can be avoided, and what better treatment options are possible.
Diseases of the nervous system
In the young, a wide range of illnesses including genetic disorders, brain tumours, meningitis, epilepsies, cerebral palsies and autism take their toll, often leaving lifelong disability. Middle age sees the peak occurrence of devastating disorders such as multiple sclerosis, head injuries, motor neurone disease and stroke. Advancing years see the destructive effects of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.
As the population expands and ages through improvement in health care, the pressure mounts further to understand these disorders. The vast complexity of the brain makes this a difficult but exciting area for research. The University of Glasgow has therefore amassed a large and dynamic group of researchers to take on the challenge of these disorders, in causation, diagnostics and new therapies, with a wide range of research activities from fundamental genetic studies to brain imaging and clinical trials. Support of the Medical Fund will contribute to this effort, and help to alleviate the burden of diseases of the nervous system.
General Medical Fund
The General Medical Fund supports research and education within the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences by providing funding for Fellowships, equipment, and helping to raise much-needed funds to support the current capital projects.
Heart disease and strokes are the biggest killers in the UK and an estimated total of 2.6 million live with the ravaging effects of heart and circulatory disease.
Glasgow is a strategically important centre for research into heart disease and stroke. The University's research programme is based at the BHF Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre.
Glasgow's College of Medicine, Veterinary and Life Sciences has an excellent reputation in cardiovascular medicine, with strengths in:
- understanding the mechanisms responsible for chronic heart failure including heart muscle damage and heart rhythm disorders
- the role of oxidant stress with regard to arterial disease
- unravelling the processes responsible for high blood pressure and its relationship with obesity and Type II diabetes
- understanding the relationships between genetics and high blood pressure and arterial disease
- internationally renowned clinical trials which have contributed to significant advances in the control of high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol
- production of treatments to improve the outcome of patients with heart failure
Immune and Inflammatory Disease
Problems with immune and inflammatory cells are at the heart of many common diseases including cancer. The University is world renowned for its pioneering research into asthma and arthritis, and has an extensive portfolio that covers many other immune and inflammatory diseases from multiple sclerosis to diabetes, psoriasis to AIDS.
Understanding the basic mechanism of these diseases is crucial in order to produce effective treatments and develop potential cures.
- Over eight million people in the UK have long-term health problems due to arthritis or a related condition
- Over 200 types of the arthritis exist, affecting many parts of the body
- One child in every thousand has arthritis, it affects old and young alike
30% of the population will develop asthma and this disease which is increasing rapidly can affect anyone, at any age.
> Find out more about the Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation
Support for Medical Education will go towards providing the best equipment for the Wolfson Medical School Building and helping medical students reach their full potential.
There has been a great deal of support for medical education, especially by our medical alumni. The Medical Fund has been able to send fourth year students to the Scottish Simulation Centre, provide equipment for the Clinical Skills Suite, buy prosthetics for students’ self study and help students attend conferences to present their posters.
At the University of Glasgow we aim to improve treatment and support for people with mental health needs or learning disabilities, and their families.
To achieve this goal we undertake research, from the molecular level to human behaviour, which is of international quality and a high ethical standard. We work in partnership with people with mental health needs, learning disabilities, the NHS, support providers, charities, and other Universities.
Donations for this Fund have been used to support a number of researchers. Projects they have been working on include exploring the psychological and neurocognitive characteristics of depression in patients who also suffer from rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis and genetics of major psychiatric disorders.
Nursing and Health Care prepares the nurses of the future, not only to provide high quality care but to play a key role with other disciplines in ensuring health care continues to develop to meet the changing needs of society.
The University’s graduates are highly valued locally and nationally, partly because the degree offers a sound science base, integrated closely with essential caring skills and nursing theory, which produces confident and competent registered nurses.
The Critical Care Fund will help support research into Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain.
Anaesthesia is now one of the safest medical interventions with a low rate of serious complications. This is in contrast with the early development of the specialty when anaesthesia was extremely hazardous.
Anaesthetists are leading the development and delivery of Critical Care and Pain Services. In all these areas there is a focus on improving safety and quality for the benefit of patients. As a result the team has a wide range of research addressing the major issues in these areas.The team’s research had led to new ways of delivering anaesthesia using computer controlled intravenous infusions rather than traditional inhaled gases or single boluses of drugs. This leads to fewer side effects and quicker recovery.
Brain Tumour Research
The Brain Tumour Research Fund supports research in Glasgow and the west of Scotland.
The Fund provides vital funding to smaller brain tumour research projects which often produce very valuable findings and allows our researchers to put up a stronger case for larger scale funding.
On-going and proposed projects include research investigating whether new drugs can be combined with radiotherapy to improve brain tumour cure rates and clinical research using MRI scanning to predict where brain tumours are most likely to recur after radiotherapy. The fund also helps support psychological studies investigating how best to support patients and their families before, during and after treatment.
Paediatrics & Maternal & Women's Health
Help us develop research into the health problems that affect women and children world-wide. Child health is the foundation of adult health. The origins of many common and rare conditions that affect adults lie in early life.
The University of Glasgow is committed to transforming the health of children by promoting paediatric research. In the University, the bulk of this research is delivered through the Developmental Endocrinology Research Group led by the Samson Gemmell Chair of Child Health , the oldest chair of paediatrics in the UK.
Donations have supported research projects with a particular focus in the field of sex development or skeletal development.
Maternal & Women's Health
Over half of all women in the UK will experience a reproductive health problem in their lifetime.
The University of Glasgow is committed to transforming these women’s lives by supporting and developing research into the health problems that affect women. Their work encompasses the whole spectrum of disease that women may encounter across their lifespan, from difficulties conceiving, pregnancy complications, and menstrual problems and in later life menopausal symptoms, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
The David Livingstone Fund in Global Health and Biodiversity
Global increases in the prevalence and spread of infectious disease have demonstrated the role of the environment in driving epidemics in human and animal populations.
In the developing world infectious diseases are still the leading cause of mortality, affecting the most impoverished and neglected communities where the burden of infectious diseases is often severely underestimated.
Impoverished tropical areas, in particular, continue to suffer substantial human and animal losses from infectious diseases such as malaria, rabies, sleeping sickness and other parasitic and viral infections, including many that have long been eradicated from developed countries.
Further to this, the emergence of new diseases and an increasing incidence of drug resistance in pathogens and vectors mean that tackling the symptoms of infectious diseases can be hampered.
Public Health & Wellbeing
Health care in the west of Scotland is dominated by the high occurrence of deprivation and disease. Through our research, education and information we are addressing inequalities in health, helping to prevent diseases and their complications and improve the health of Scotland’s population.
By bringing together staff from a range of disciplines across the University and through research trends in health and wellbeing we aim to improve these factors by implementing new health and social practices. We also evaluate the effectiveness of the current policies put in place to support the population. The effectiveness of our research is being assessed and we encourage knowledge gained to be transferred throughout Scotland and beyond.