Grant winners

January 22, 2009


Award winner: M. Costa

Institution: Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick

Value: £91,470

Randomised clinical trial of total knee arthroplasty versus patellofemoral arthroplasty

Award winner: J. Thompson

Institution: Leicester Royal Infirmary

Value: £106,348

Randomised trial to assess the efficacy of tibial nerve blockade on stump pain, phantom limb sensations and pain in lower limb amputees

Award winner: A. Hainsworth

Institutions: St George's, University of London, Queen's University Belfast and Royal Holloway, University of London

Value: £126,632

A study of a novel Sgk1-inducer drug in protecting against brain injury

Award winner: D. Ma

Institutions: Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Imperial College London

Value: £48,583

A trial into sevoflurane and xenon for labour analgesia and the implications for foetal-brain protection

Award winner: A. David

Institution: University College London

Value: £148,157

Investigation into the over-expression of vascular endothelial growth factor and the effects on foetal growth increases

Award winner: J. Kurinczuk

Institutions: University of Oxford, Princess Anne Hospital, John Radcliffe Hospital, the Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital, University of Liverpool, Newcastle University, University of Leicester and Sheffield Children's Hospital

Value: £77,076

The impact of care on the future health prospects of infants with congenital diaphragmatic hernia

Award winner: D. Carter

Institutions: Cranfield University and the Babraham Institute, Cambridge

Value: £63,700

New therapy for the treatment of sickle-cell disease

Award winner: P. Bowness

Institution: University of Oxford and John Radcliffe Hospital

Value: £160,852

Improving diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis

Award winner: R. Day

Institution: University College London

Value: £105,2

Treatment for incontinence


More than £1 million has gone to three UK-based projects in the Enhancement Awards in Biomedical Ethics scheme to aid research into ethical issues in the development and delivery of healthcare in the UK and the developing world.

Award winner: Michael Parker

Institution: University of Oxford

Value: £371,720

The ethics of collaborative global health research: a network to build capacity in the UK and developing countries

Award winner: Susan Golombok

Institution: University of Cambridge

Value: £358,310

Redefining families: bioethics, assisted reproduction and emerging family forms


Award winners: Malcolm Dando (Bradford); Brian Rappert (Exeter); and Alexander Kelle (Bath)

Institutions: Universities of Bradford, Exeter and Bath

Combined value: £342,795

Building a sustainable capacity in dual-use bioethics

This collaboration will examine the use of biological research products in warfare and bioterrorism. It aims to help craft policies that will prevent the misuse of biomedical research findings by enabling more academic scrutiny of the so-called dual use of the life sciences. The funding provides career opportunities for four young researchers.

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