Grant winners - 26 June 2014

June 26, 2014

Action Medical Research

Epilepsy in children – improving scanning before surgery

Breathing difficulties – developing a stent for tracheal (windpipe) deformities in children

 

Royal Society

Wolfson Research Merit Awards
Awards are worth £10,000-£30,000 a year, which is a salary enhancement

Histone phosphorylation in mitosis and meiosis

Statistics of arithmetic functions and matrix integrals

Understanding cortical interneurons in health and disease

Characterising membrane proteins by biophysical methods

 

Leverhulme Trust

Research Project Grants
Sciences

Application-oriented TV white space networking

Calving glaciers: long-term validation and evidence

Artificial Paramecium: intelligent distributed sensing and manipulation by ciliates

Extreme non-linear chirality in THz metasurfaces

International Network Grants
Social sciences

The Inter-American human rights system: assessing its development and impact

Shifting sociolinguistic realities of the nation of East Timor and its diasporas

In detail

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Award winner: Tamsin Saxton
Institution: Northumbria University
Value: £53,266

Dating, mating and relating: how parents shape offspring partner choice

This project blends theoretical biology and cognitive psychology in a study of how parents – subconsciously and directly – could influence their grown-up children’s preferences and behaviour when it comes to choosing partners. The research will investigate the reasoning behind partner choice and how it might lead to family conflicts. It is also significant for understanding Charles Darwin’s theory of sexual selection – the extra evolutionary pressure that reproduction exerts. “The project is motivated by evolutionary theory,” explains Dr Saxton. “We often behave in ways that increase the likelihood of the survival and reproduction of our genes. Our genes can be propagated via our grandchildren; yet the characteristics of our grandchildren are closely tied up with our offspring’s partner choice. So parents might be shaping their offspring’s choice of partner in ways that might enhance their evolutionary prospects.”

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