Grant winners

November 20, 2008


The European Research Council has announced the winners of its advanced grants in interdisciplinary research; 13 per cent of the call was set aside for this area. The awards are worth up to EUR2.5 million (£1.95 million), but can rise to EUR3.5 million in exceptional circumstances. The nine UK-based researchers, from a total of 29 winners, are listed below. Details of award winners in physical sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities and life sciences have already been published.

Award winner: Don Brothwell

Institution: University of York

Interred with their bones: linking soil micromorphology and chemistry to unlock the hidden archive of archaeological human burials

Award winner: Mark Chaplain

Institution: University of Dundee

From Mutations to Metastases: Multiscale Mathematical Modelling of Cancer Growth and Spread

Award winner: Helen Gilbert

Institution: Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London

Indigeneity in the contemporary world: performance, politics and belonging (see story, left)

Award winner: Xianggian Jiang

Institution: University of Huddersfield

Fundaments and principles for measurement and characterisation of 21st-century science and engineering surfaces

Award winner: Jane Langdale

Institution: University of Oxford

Evolution of development in plants

Award winner: William Marslen-Wilson

Institution: Medical Research Council

Neurocognitive systems for morpho-lexical analysis: the cross-linguistic foundations for language comprehension

Award winner: Efstratios Pistikopoulos

Institution: Imperial College London

Modelling, optimisation and control of biomedical systems

Award winner: Kevin Shakesheff

Institution: University of Nottingham

MASC: materials that impose architecture within stem-cell populations

Award winner: Jan Zielonka

Institution: University of Oxford

Media and democracy in Central and Eastern Europe: qualities of democracy, qualities of media


Award winner: Douglas Nixon

Institution: University of California, San Francisco

Immunological targeting of APOBEC proteins in HIV

Award winner: Barry Peters

Institution: King's College London

Determining the potential role of tolerance as a novel HIV vaccine strategy

Award winner: Abraham Pinter

Institution: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

Curing HIV infection by unmasking conserved neutralisation sites

Award winner: Alfred Roca

Institution: University of Illinois

Genetic resistance to HIV in human African forest populations

Award winner: Jord Stam

Institution: Utrecht University

Removal of HIV by targeted stimulation of cellular uptake

Award winner: Jinhua Xiang

Institution: University of Iowa

Antibodies to GB virus C envelope glycoprotein E2 delay HIV disease progression

Award winner: Amelia Crampin

Institution: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Investigating the persistence of infection with M. tuberculosis

Award winner: Sarah Fortune

Institution: Harvard University

Chromatin condensation: the master switch for latency

Award winner: Kim Lewis

Institution: Northeastern University

Targeted capture of latent M. tuberculosis cells from a mammalian host

Award winner: Carl Nathan

Institution: Cornell University

Senescent and rejuvenated Mtb subsets on exit from latency

Award winner: Matyas Sandor

Institution: University of Wisconsin

Granuloma grafting: a new model for mycobacterial latency and reactivation

Award winner: Dmitry Shayakhmetov

Institution: University of Washington

Interruption of latency and in vivo adenovirus-mediated elimination of macrophages infected with M. tuberculosis

Award winner: Jay Solnick

Institution: University of California, Davis

Prevention of active tuberculosis by infection with Helicobacter pylori


Principal investigator: Hugh Coe

Institution: University of Manchester in collaboration with the universities of Reading and Leeds

Value: £3 million

VAMOS Ocean-Cloud-Atmosphere-Land Study UK: an investigation into how cloud formations over the Pacific are affecting worldwide climate conditions.

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