Grant winners

July 18, 2013

Leverhulme Trust

Research Project Grants

  • Award winner: David Cassidy
  • Institution: University College London
  • Value: £147,622

Gravitational free-fall experiments with positronium

Molecular basis of ciliary trafficking: lessons from Bardet Biedl proteins

Online self-tuning learning algorithms for handling historical information


Action Medical Research

Research Training Fellowships

  • Award winner: Lauren Heathcote
  • Institution: University of Oxford
  • Value: £140,538

Studying chronic pain and developing a new way to help children and young people that may give them much-needed relief from long-lasting pain

  • Award winner: Lucy Higgins
  • Institution: University of Manchester
  • Value: £133,955

Looking for a way to identify vulnerable babies during pregnancy so that the mothers can get early help to avoid their tragic loss


Royal Society

Wolfson Research Merit Awards

Awards are worth £10,000-£30,000 a year, which is a salary enhancement

  • Award winner: Sean Grimmond
  • Institution: University of Glasgow

Translation of personalised genome data for targeted cancer treatment

Improving data and estimates on stillbirths and newborns for national and global tracking


National Institute for Health Research

Health Services and Delivery Research Programme

  • Award winner: Katie Truss
  • Institution: University of Kent
  • Value: £80,715

Enhancing and embedding staff engagement in the NHS: putting theory into practice

  • Award winner: Paul Michael Galdas
  • Institution: University of York
  • Value: £189,583

How effective, accessible and acceptable are self-management interventions for men with long-term conditions?

Health Technology Assessment Programme

  • Award winner: Linda Bauld
  • Institution: University of Stirling
  • Value: £250,404

Barriers and facilitators to smoking cessation in pregnancy and following childbirth

In detail

Award winner: Kim S. Thomas
Institution: University of Nottingham
Value: £988,140

Randomised controlled trial of silk therapeutic clothing for the long-term management of eczema in children (CLOTHES Trial: Clothing for the relief of Eczema Symptoms)

Most treatments of eczema only suppress the condition and may have side- effects. Silk clothing, which is comfortable to wear, is thought to have protective and antimicrobial properties. However, existing research evidence is limited to a few small studies. This research team plans to work with 300 child sufferers, giving half of them silk vests and leggings in addition to their usual care, with the other half continuing usual eczema care. The main outcome of eczema severity will be assessed at the start of the study and then every two months for the first six months. A cost-effectiveness analysis will be conducted to see if the garments represent value for money to the NHS and to families.

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