Grant winners - 13 March 2014

March 13, 2014

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Research Grants

Establishing biofumigation as a sustainable replacement to pesticides for control of soil-borne pests and pathogens in potato and horticultural crops

Understanding microtubule regulation during the making and maintenance of axons


Medical Research Council

The MA3RS trial: magnetic resonance imaging using ultrasmall superparamagnetic particles of iron oxide to predict clinical outcome in patients under surveillance for abdominal aortic aneurysms


Health Foundation

Clinician Scientist Fellowships

Interpreting information about the genomes of bacteria to improve understanding of the diseases they cause and how best to treat them

Examining electronic patient records to identify warning signs that may allow healthcare professionals to intervene before a serious suicide attempt is made


Leverhulme Trust

International Network Grants

Understanding bacterial cell-cell signalling as a route to control disease of rice

Research Project Grants

  • Award winner: David Clary
  • Institution: University of Oxford
  • Value: £131,003

Calculation of rates of chemical reactions

  • Award winner: Cristian Capelli
  • Institution: University of Oxford
  • Value: £177,880

The genetic landscape of southern Africa human populations

In detail

Major Research Fellowship

Award winner: Catherine Maxwell
Institution: Queen Mary University of London
Value: £105,812

Scents and sensibility: perfume in Victorian literary culture

“Smell’s evocative capacity, its connection to atmosphere and memory, make it a potent means of registering the particularity of a historical and cultural moment,” writes Catherine Maxwell in the Leverhulme Trust newsletter. Her project will examine perfume’s role in 19th-century British literary culture and explore perfume-associated notions of imaginative influence and identity. She will concentrate on late Victorian aesthetic and decadent texts where fragrance is most strongly indicated, and note anticipations in works by key Romantic poets and earlier Victorians and in early 19th-century dandy literature. Although primarily literary, the project will provide new information about Victorian tastes in perfume for both personal adornment and the ambient environment. The larger part of the study explores the aesthetic or decadent olfactif – the individual with a refined sense of smell; the cultivation of scent sensitivity; perfume as a marker of personal style or dandified bohemian individuality; and the notional scented ambience of writers and literary-cultural schools.

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