Grant winners

October 30, 2008


The NIHR's Health Technology Assessment programme researches the broader impacts of healthcare treatments provided by the National Health Service. Seven winners share £8.7 million in funding.

Award winner: Samer Nashef

Institution: Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Value: £487,658

A randomised controlled trial to study the clinical and cost effectiveness of adding an ablation device-based maze procedure as a routine adjunct to elective cardiac surgery for patients with pre-existing atrial fibrillation (AMAZE)

Award winner: Andrew Clegg

Institution: University of Southampton

Value: £156,431

The safety and effectiveness of different methods of ear-wax removal: a systematic review and economic evaluation

Award winner: Nicola Low

Institution: University of Bern

Value: £287,451

Clinical and cost-effectiveness of technologies for testing and treating sexual partners of people with sexually transmitted infections: evidence synthesis and mathematical-modelling study

Award winner: Nigel Pitts

Institution: University of Dundee

Value: £596,212

INTERVAL Dental Recalls Trial (Investigation of NICE Technologies for Enabling Risk-Variable Adjusted Length Dental Recalls Trial) - a feasibility study and follow-on

Award winner: Paul Stallard

Institution: University of Bath/Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust

Value: £1,029,065

A single blind randomised controlled trial to determine the effectiveness of group cognitive-behaviour therapy in preventing depression in high-risk adolescents

Award winner: Peter Brocklehurst

Institution: University of Oxford

Value: £5,957,981

A multi-centre randomised controlled trial of an intelligent system to support decision-making in managing labour using the cardiotocogram (INFANT)

Award winner: Neil Morton

Institution: Royal Hospital for Sick Children

Value: £195,958

A multi-site randomised controlled trial comparing regional and general anaesthesia for effects on neurodevelopmental outcome and apnoea in infants


Award winner: Stuart Pickering-Brown

Institution: University of Manchester

Value: £1,900,000

A trial into the biological causes of frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD)


Award winner: James Leigh

Institution: University of Nottingham in collaboration with the University of Oxford, the Bovine Genomics group based at the Institute of Animal Health, the Royal Veterinary College and the US Department of Agriculture in the UK.

Value: £2,200,000

A trial into Streptococcus uberis, to uncover bacterial antigens for potential use in vaccines against bovine mastitis.


Award winner: G. Griffiths

Institution: University of Southampton

Value: £476,426

Nature in engineering for monitoring the oceans

Award winner: W. Powrie

Institution: University of Southampton

Value: £362,755

Dissolved and solid-phase organic carbon influences on the sorption/desorption of hydrophobic organic contaminants in clay barriers

Award winner: H. Chen

Institution: University of Salford

Value: £223,729

Using the grouping and shrinkage approaches to forecasting subaggregate-level seasonal demand

Award winner: P.A.M. Basheer

Institution: Queen's University Belfast

Value: £331,497

Development of a performance-based methodology for assessing concrete durability

Award winner: M. Mazzocco

Institution: Loughborough University

Value: £100,819

Quantum Teichmuller spaces of bordered Riemann surfaces and generalised Frobenius manifolds

Award winner: P.O. Bagnaninchi

Institution: University of Edinburgh

Value: £170,757

4D monitoring of stem-cell differentiation by dielectric spectroscopic optical coherence tomography

Award winner: J. Boxall

Institution: University of Sheffield

Value: £350,714

Contaminant ingress into distribution systems (CID)

Award winner: B. Hutton

Institution: University College London

Value: £780,962

Optimising reconstruction to accommodate complex system models for SPECT

Award winner: M.C. Leaper

Institution: De Montfort University

Value: £230,909

Novel analysis techniques for particulate products.

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