Grant winners – 26 March 2015

March 26, 2015

National Institute for Health Research

Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation programme

Development and evaluation of machine learning methods in whole body magnetic resonance imaging with diffusion weighted imaging for staging of patients with cancer. (Machine learning in whole body oncology: MALIBO)

Health Services and Delivery Research Programme

A rapid evidence synthesis of outcomes and care utilisation following self-care support for children and adolescents with long-term conditions (REfOCUS): Reducing care utilisation without compromising health outcomes

Economic evaluation of alternative strategies for maintaining the supply of blood to the NHS

Seizure first aid training for epilepsy (SAFE) for people with epilepsy who attend A&E, and their family and friends: intervention development and pilot


Royal Society

Wolfson Research Merit Awards

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

Shedding new light on cells with coherent multiphoton nanoscopy

Improving clinical care in monogenic diabetes through genomics

Fundamentals and applications of printable and nanostructured semiconductors


Leverhulme Trust

International Networks

Network for contemporary studies: what is the contemporary?

Research Project Grants

Effects of topography on ice nucleation

Multisensory processing of faces and voices in person identity recognition

In detail

Chris Brooks, University of Reading

Social sciences

Award winner: Chris Brooks
Institution: University of Reading
Value: £196,249

The first real estate bubble? Land prices and rents in medieval England c.1200–1550

This project will examine the workings of the real estate market in the 13th to the 15th centuries to investigate whether a real estate bubble existed in medieval England. Earlier studies by the team have shown that medieval financial markets were far more sophisticated than previously thought. The project is hoping to advance understanding of the medieval property market by utilising cutting-edge econometric techniques. The study will give a national overview and also examine regional variations in property prices and rents, hopefully identifying if the North-South divide can be traced back to the Middle Ages. Better data on property prices and rental values will also help to understand wealth distribution and changes in living standards over the long run.

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