Grant winners - 2 January 2014

January 2, 2014

Leverhulme Trust

Philip Leverhulme Prizes

These awards recognise early career researchers whose work has already had a significant international impact and whose future research career is exceptionally promising.


Awarded for conducting pioneering research concerning the use of nanomaterials to develop novel optical devices

Awarded for his research in the area of experimental fluid mechanics

Research Project Grants

The new tenement

Icon and centre in the Cycladic early Bronze Age: the implications of Keros


National Institute for Health Research

Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme

Next generation intraoperative lymph node staging for stratified colon cancer surgery

Health Services and Delivery Research Programme

Outpatient services and primary care: scoping review, case studies and international comparisons

NHS top managers, knowledge exchange and leadership: the early development of academic health science networks

Accessibility and implementation in UK services of an effective depression relapse prevention programme: mindfulness-based cognitive therapy

In detail

Alun Huw Davies

Health Technology Assessment Programme

Award winner: Alun Huw Davies
Institution: Imperial College London
Value: £1,479,326

Early venous reflux ablation (EVRA) ulcer trial: a randomised clinical trial to compare early versus delayed treatment of superficial venous reflux in patients with chronic venous ulceration

About 1 per cent of adults suffer from ulcers near the ankle, often due to varicose veins. Damaged valves within the veins result in blood flow down the leg (reflux). Currently the best treatment is the wearing of a tight compression bandage with multiple layers; this helps to reduce high venous pressure but can be uncomfortable. Newer treatments such as sclerotherapy or heat ablation may help the ulcers to heal more quickly. The team proposes a trial in which patients with a leg ulcer/varicose veins are treated either by compression bandaging with treatment of varicose veins after the ulcer has healed or by compression bandaging and early treatment of the veins. If early treatment of varicose veins of these patients improves healing rates in patients with leg ulcers, there will be significant cost savings for the NHS as well as great benefit for the patient group.

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