MSc Stratified Medicine and Pharmacological Innovation!

MSc Stratified Medicine and Pharmacological Innovation!

Issued: Thu, 10 Oct 2013 16:01:00 BST

10th SEPTEMBER 2013

The Stratified Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre (SMS-IC) was announced by the First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond MSP on 21 April 2013.

Stratified Medicine is recognised as the future for the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Through design and foresight Scotland is in a unique position to drive forward the Stratified Medicine agenda globally. Stratified medicine involves examining the genetic makeup of patients and their differing responses to drugs designed to treat specific diseases. By building up an understanding of the ‘strata’ of responses and the genetics of the diseases, medical researchers hope to create more personalised and effective forms of treatment.

A new Joint Degree has been developed in conjunction with the development of the SMS-IC. The degree is a collaboration between Scottish Universities. During the first year, this collaboration includes The University of Aberdeen, The University of Glasgow and the University of Strathclyde. It is planned that next year the Universities of Edinburgh and Dundee will also be included. Students can elect to study at Glasgow or Aberdeen. The connections with the SMS-IC mean that these students will have the unique opportunity to conduct their research projects with industry partners.

The Scottish Funding Council have provided funding for the tuition fees for students undertaking the Joint Degree this year and it is anticipated that 50 funded places will be available in 2014.

Students who have chosen to study at the University of Glasgow will be attached to the Institute cohort of postgraduate students. The Stratified Medicine students met each other for the first time at an Induction meeting on Thursday, 10 October and are looking forward to beginning their classes. They are all very excited to be part of this new programme and being involved with the Innovation Centre from the outset.

For further information contact: Fran McCulloch telephone: 01412112885 or visit: