Grant winners – 24 November 2016

A round-up of recent recipients of research council cash

November 24, 2016
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National Institute for Health Research

Research Grants

Exercise-based rehabilitation for chronic heart failure: an individual participant data meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials


Managing medicines at the end of life for patients being cared for and dying at home


  • Award winner: Stuart Taylor
  • Institution: University College London
  • Value: £358,183

MRI enterography as a predictor of disabling disease in newly diagnosed Crohn’s disease


The Jack Trial: a multi-site cluster randomised trial of an interactive film-based intervention to reduce teenage pregnancy and promote positive sexual health


Medical Research Council

Research Grants

How do cartilage injuries heal naturally? An experimental study in humans


Educating macrophages in vivo


Developing alcohol labelling interventions: the “what”, “who” and “how”


  • Award winner: Thomas Wills
  • Institution: University College London
  • Value: £386,370

The post-natal development of hippocampal memory networks


Royal Society

Newton Advanced Fellowships

Fish like us: refining the use of fish in translational research


Evolution of avian locomotion


Cosmological implications of the eBOSS survey


In detail

Natural Environment Research Council

Award winner: Timothy Hill
Institution: University of Exeter
Value: £654,799

Lightning: an invisible driver of tree mortality in the tropics?

Tropical forests mitigate climate change by locking up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. An increase in the mortality of these tropical forest trees, however, is sapping the strength of this carbon sink. Lightning strikes – which are frequent and powerful in the tropics – are partially responsible for tree deaths, and they may increase by as much as 60 per cent by 2100 as a result of climate change. Because of the impossibility of knowing where lightning will strike, lightning-induced tree death has not been much studied. Timothy Hill and his team will investigate the phenomenon by deploying sensors on 20,000 trees in sites in Nigeria and Cameroon, which will enable the researchers to observe a large number of lightning strikes. They will study how the trees are affected by the strikes, how the carbon storage of the forest is affected, and make predictions about how this could be affected by climate change.

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