Grant winners

May 28, 2009

ACTION MEDICAL RESEARCH

Award winner: L. Islam

Institution: Institute of Child Health, University College London

Value: £138,300

Blindness in children

Award winner: S. Khanjani

Institution: Imperial College London

Value: £86,694

Pre-term labour - investigating protein interactions that could control labour

Award winner: D. Eleftheriou

Institution: Institute of Child Health, University College London

Value: £191,375

Stroke in children

ARTS AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL

Award winner: Hannah Greig

Institution: University of York

Value: £12,236

The Yorkshire Coiners: narrating history through image, text, object and memory

Award winner: Eva Frojmovic

Institution: University of Leeds

Value: £42,012

Postcolonising the medieval image

Award winner: Siobhan Lambert-Hurley

Institution: Loughborough University

Value: £50,197

Women's autobiography in Islamic societies: the ultimate unveiling?

Award winner: Jean Allain

Institution: Queen's University Belfast

Value: £50,568

Slavery as the powers attaching to the right of ownership

Award winner: Thomas Schramme

Institution: University of Wales, Swansea

Value: £42,220

The role of moral theory in healthcare ethics

Award winner: Scott Thurston

Institution: University of Salford

Value: £16,240

Talking poetics: dialogues in innovative poetry

Award winner: Peter Bisschop

Institution: University of Edinburgh

Value: £77,352

Early Saiva mythology

Award winner: Matthew Ratcliffe

Institution: University of Durham

Value: £245,224

Emotional experience in depression: a philosophical study

Award winner: Stefan Vogenauer

Institution: University of Oxford

Value: £300,875

The common frame of reference on European contract law in the context of English and German law

Award winner: Astrid Ensslin

Institution: Bangor University

Value: £147,211

What's hard in German

ENGINEERING AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL

The EPSRC has awarded £16.5 million under the cross-council programme Nanoscience through Engineering to Application. Funds will be shared among ten UK-based projects developing new techniques to screen and treat major public health problems such as cancer, Aids and influenza.

Award winner: R. Bayford

Institution: Middlesex University

Value: £796,480

Developing new imaging methods for the detection of cancer biomarkers

Award winner: P.R. Williams

Institution: Swansea University

Value: £923,647

Developing a detector for early blood clot detection and characterisation in disease screening, theranostic and self-monitoring applications

Award winner: Q.A. Pankhurst

Institution: University College London

Value: £1,648,342

Heating cancer cells to improve drug treatments

Award winner: C.J. McNeil

Institution: Newcastle University

Value: £1,918,431

Developing a micro sensor system that could detect MRSA and other infectious diseases

Award winner: R.A. McKendry

Institution: University College London

Value: £1,636,554

Hand-held home tester for HIV patients to monitor immunity levels

Award winner: G. Battaglia

Institution: University of Sheffield

Value: £2,173,198

Improving the delivery of neurological drugs to the brain

Award winner: S.L. Hart

Institution: University College London

Value: £1,391,287

Targeted delivery of therapeutic agents to the brain for the treatment of dementias

Award winner: J. Moger

Institution: University of Exeter

Value: £216,213

Technologies for the treatment of brain diseases

Award winner: S. Rannard

Institution: University of Liverpool

Value: £1,422,399

Delivering HIV/Aids drugs to areas that are very difficult for conventional drugs to reach

ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCIL/ARTS AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL/BRITISH ACADEMY

South Asia fellowships worth a total of £80,718 have been awarded. The winners spend up to six months undertaking a research project in the UK with their UK host academics.

Award winner: J. Abraham

Institution: Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Partner: C.J. Fuller, London School of Economics

Value: £5,956

Houses and kin-groups: Transformations in matriliny in north Kerala

Award winner: F.Z. Arockiavictorial John

Institution: Population Council, India

Partner: S. Padmadas, University of Southampton

Value: £7,473

Poverty, family size and modern contraceptive choices in India

Award winner: S. Aziz

Institution: Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan

Partner: H. Iqtidar, University of Cambridge

Value: £5,300

Legal activism: the politics of the lawyers' movement in Pakistan

Award winner: A. Balachandran

Institution: Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, India

Partner: R. Ahuja, Soas

Value: £5,148

Christ and the Pariah: Colonialism, religion and outcaste labour in South India, 1780-1830

Award winner: B. Bhukya

Institution: Osmania University, India

Partner: S. Tejani, Soas

Value: £4,739

Subordination of the sovereigns: colonialism and its Gond Rajas in Central India, 1853-1948

Award winner: N. Deb

Institution: Jadavpur University, India

Partner: J. McDonagh, King's College London

Value: £7,445

Under Eastern eyes: cultural and commercial traffic between the Port of Calcutta and the Australia-Pacific region, 1847-1947

Award winner: B. Kar

Institution: Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta

Partner: W. Ernst, Oxford Brookes University

Value: £7,142

The cultural and political economics of opium in British Assam, c 1800-1942

Award winner: M.N. Khan

Institution: University of Peshawar, Pakistan

Partner: C.A. Petrie, University of Cambridge

Value: £6,770

The sacred and secular in ancient Gandhara: investigating the unique stupa and settlement site of Aziz Dheri, Peshawar Valley, NWFP, Pakistan

IN DETAIL

Award winner: Peter Ashburn

Institution: University of Southampton

Value: £1,134,189

Silicon nanowire arrays for viral infection markers

This project aims to develop low-cost blood-testing kits that can be used in GPs' surgeries for immediate analysis.

Professor Ashburn, head of the Nano Research Group at Southampton's School of Electronics and Computer Science, will work with colleagues in the School of Medicine and Chemistry to find a new way to fabricate nanowires - a technology used in computer and TV displays - that allows mass production. The technology will analyse protein biomarkers electronically rather than optically to give much faster results.

"Standard clinical laboratory tests have limitations outside the laboratory," Professor Ashburn said. "This can reduce the impact of new protein biomarkers for diagnosing complex conditions such as cancer. However, one-dimensional nanostructures such as nanowires are ideal for the purposes of diagnosis because they can be integrated into microfluidic chips that provide a complete sensor system."

Because of its potential impact on the healthcare system, the team will work with colleagues from the School of Social Sciences, who will assess the social aspects involved in the take-up of the testing kit.

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