Grant winners – 15 December 2016

A round-up of academics awarded research council funding

December 15, 2016
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Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Research Grants

Architecture of a biofilm


  • Award winner: Robin Lovell-Badge
  • Institution: Francis Crick Institute
  • Value: £314,751

Sex-determining mechanisms in the chick


A microbial basis for Atlantic salmon energetics


  • Award winner: Richard Harrison
  • Institution: National Institute of Agricultural Botany
  • Value: £530,395

The nature of resistance to Neonectria ditissima in apple species


National Institutes of Health Research

Health Technology Assessment

Sedation and weaning in children: the SANDWICH trial


Public Health Research

Pilot RCT of Project Respect: a school-based intervention to prevent dating and relationship violence and address health inequalities among young people


Evaluation of legislation to reduce the drink-drive limit in Scotland: a natural experiment


Economic and Social Research Council

Research Grants

Urban development amid the ‘new scramble’ for Africa


Egg donation in the UK, Belgium and Spain: an interdisciplinary study


Breaking Bad: how transnational drug trafficking creates violent masculinities in local Caribbean communities in Port of Spain


Representation of transnational human trafficking in present-day news media, true crime, and fiction


In detail

Award winner: Sylvie Dubuc
Institution: University of Oxford
Value: £661,741

Son preference and sex selection against females in the UK: evidence, causes, trends and implications

It has been estimated that the population of Asia is missing 100 million girls because of an embedded preference for sons and the availability of prenatal sex-selection measures. Prenatal sex selection (PSS) against girls for non-medical reasons has also been found to exist among Asian communities in the UK, the US and Canada. This project will investigate PSS among Asian communities in the UK to understand gender preferences through the lens of these reproductive choices. Sylvie Dubuc and her colleagues will monitor sex ratio at birth and shifting trends between generations to reveal the context and extent of PSS in the UK, and conduct qualitative and ethical analyses of the phenomenon. Conclusions drawn from the project may be used to guide ethical policies and interventions to promote gender justice.

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