Grant winners - 19 June 2014

June 19, 2014

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Research Grants

Life-long telomere dynamics, health and fitness in a long-lived mammal

Dynamics and origins of socially induced plasticity of behaviour

Role of the FoxN1 gene as a central regulator of epidermal planar cell polarity signalling expression and function

Probing the molecular basis of oxygen reduction by the alternative oxidases


Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

  • Award winner: Sharon Baurley
  • Institution: Royal College of Art
  • Value: £1,673,748

Prototyping open innovation models for ICT-enabled manufacturing in food and packaging

OLEDs without iridium. 100 per cent efficient triplet harvesting by thermally activated delayed fluorescence

Integrated radiomaterials chemistry for simultaneous multi-component tracking of nanomedicines in biological matrices

High-pressure studies of quantum criticality in unconventional superconductors


Leverhulme Trust

Research Project Grants

Paired peers: moving on up? The impact of social class on graduate destinations

Travel and communication in Anglo-Saxon England

In detail

Nadine Foster, Keele University

National Institute for Health Research

Award winner: Nadine Foster
Institution: Keele University
Value: £1.93 million

Developing a stratified treatment model for patients with musculoskeletal problems

This five-year programme of research aims to develop a new model in primary care for people with musculoskeletal problems, so that treatment can be tailored according to patients’ risk of suffering persistent pain and disability. A variety of methods will be used by the researchers to test a new set of questions to target help for patients, observe how this helps GPs and identify whether it is cost-effective for the NHS. The programme hopes to help those with common musculoskeletal problems including back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, knee pain and pain in multiple body sites. Chief investigator Nadine Foster, professor of musculoskeletal health in primary care at Keele, said that using stratified care to target risk groups can lead “to better pain relief and physical function, and is cheaper to deliver than usual care”.

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