Grant winners - 10 July 2014

July 10, 2014

Royal Society

Wolfson Research Merit Awards

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

Mirror symmetry and tropical geometry

  • Award winner: Jeremy Harvey
  • Institution: University of Bristol

Theoretical models of the kinetics of homogeneous catalysis

Particle lens-based laser nano-fabrication and super-resolution imaging


Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

  • Award winner: David Parker
  • Institution: Durham University
  • Value: £357,832

Eurotracker dyes: synthesis and application in functional cell imaging

  • Award winner: Rainer Cramer
  • Institution: University of Reading
  • Value: £631,381

Development of a novel MALDI mass spectrometer and technology for the generation of multiply charged ions at high sensitivity


Action Medical Research

  • Award winner: Volker Straub
  • Institution: Newcastle University
  • Value: £129,298

Duchenne muscular dystrophy – investigating a new drug treatment


Leverhulme Trust

International Network Grants
Social sciences

Community engagement and partnership working with sex offenders


National Institute for Health Research

Public Health Research programme

  • Award winner: Russell Viner
  • Institution: University College London
  • Value: £1,476,018

INCLUSIVE trial: Initiating change locally in bullying and aggression through the school environment

  • Award winner: Alastair Leyland
  • Institution: University of Glasgow
  • Value: £145,532

Evaluation of health in pregnancy grants in Scotland

  • Award winner: Mark Tully
  • Institution: Queen’s University Belfast
  • Value: £318,573

A feasibility study and pilot RCT of a peer-led walking programme to increase physical activity in inactive older adults: Walk With Me Study

In detail

Miranda Pallan

Health Technology Assessment programme

Award winner: Miranda Pallan
Institution: University of Birmingham
Value: £543,599

Development of a culturally adapted weight management programme for children of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin

The study is to develop and test a programme for parents with an overweight/obese child that aims to help them reduce their child’s weight through an improved diet and increased activity levels. In Birmingham, such a programme is provided by the NHS but it has not been very successful in some minority ethnic groups, particularly Bangladeshi and Pakistani (BP) families, who tend to start the programme but then drop out part-way through. The team aims to adapt the existing children’s weight management programme to ensure relevance to BP families and plans to explore the reasons why these families do not finish the programme. They will use previous experience to develop a modified children’s weight management programme that is tailored for BP communities, but also suitable to be delivered in a diverse population.

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