Grant winners – 28 May 2015

National Institute for Health Research, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council, and more

May 28, 2015
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National Institute for Health Research

Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation programme

A multi-centre randomised controlled trial of the efficacy and mechanism of action of Gabapentin for the management of chronic pelvic pain in women


Prospective randomised marker-based trial to assess the clinical utility and safety of biomarker-guided immunosuppression withdrawal in liver transplantation (“LiverTOL-Dx” Trial)


Health Technology Assessment programme

Screening women for abdominal aortic aneurysm


Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Research grants

Neural pathways underlying human 3D motion perception


Dissecting the function of Bcl-3 in NF-kB signalling in B cells


Genetics of sleep regulation and function: the AKR genes in Drosophila


Economic and Social Research Council

Research grants

A profiler for crime, criminal justice and social harm


At the end of the feeder road: assessing the impact of track construction for motorbike taxis on agrarian development in Liberia


Economic recovery in post-conflict cities: the role of the urban informal economy


How can biomarkers and genetics improve our understanding of society and health?


In detail

Daniel Stevens, University of Exeter
Award winner: Daniel Stevens
Institution: University of Exeter
Value: £241,890

Media in context and the 2015 general election: how traditional and social media shape elections and governing

Researchers on this project will explore pressing questions relating to media effects on governance and elections. These include:

  • the flow of campaign information, which is traditionally depicted as trickling down from elites to the masses;
  • the changing media landscape and the impact of declining newspaper readership and trust in media;
  • the role of traditional and social media in the post-election period (interpretations of poll results may confer legitimacy on an outcome and may provide a narrative about an electoral mandate).

The project will also look at flaws in election coverage studies. Much work ignores non-election coverage, thus not permitting analysis of the overall news context. British media studies also tend to rely solely on survey data, ignoring the benefits for establishing causation and effect sizes offered by field experiments.

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