Grant winners – 2 February 2017

A round-up of academics awarded research council funding

February 2, 2017
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National Institutes for Health Research

Research project grants

Health Technology Assessment Programme

Non-contact infrared thermometers for measuring body temperature in acutely ill children: a method comparison study

Helping pregnant smokers quit: multi-centre RCT of electronic cigarettes v usual care

The clinical and cost-effectiveness of a short messaging service behaviour change programme to improve the oral health of young people in deprived areas

Public Health Research Programme

  • Award winner: Barry Wright
  • Institution: Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Value: £971,711

Investigating social competence and isolation in children with autism taking part in Lego-based therapy clubs in school environments

Medical Research Council

Research project grants

Molecular genetic studies of schizophrenia

Macrophage-induced drug tolerant persisters in tuberculosis

How does neuronal activity regulate central nervous system -myelination?


Determining the role of arcuate nucleus glucokinase in the regulation of glucose homeostasis

Wellcome Trust

Investigator Awards in Science

Evolutionary predictions in colorectal cancer (EPICC) 

Staphylococcus aureus-induced immunosuppressive memory: consequences for bug and for host

In detail

Economic and Social Research Council

Research project grant

Award winner: Holly Branigan

Institution: University of Edinburgh

Value: £342,123

Conversational alignment in children with an autistic spectrum condition and in typically developing children

Difficulty engaging with conversations is one of the more common symptoms of autism spectrum conditions. However, it is still unclear what may cause these difficulties. Holly Branigan’s research will focus on “conversational alignment”: people’s natural tendency to imitate the syntax and vocabulary of those they speak with, making conversations more fluent and satisfying. Aligning differently – or not aligning at all – could explain the difficulties that children with an autism spectrum condition have with communication. The study will look into how conversational alignment is affected by factors that may set aside children with an autism spectrum condition; “audience design” (adapting language to be easier to understand) and social-affective goals (adapting language to express affiliation). This project could help to explain why these children tend to struggle with conversation.

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