Grant winners

October 8, 2009

NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH RESEARCH

Award winner: Elizabeth Miller

Institution: Health Protection Agency

Value: £179,994

Assessment of baseline age-specific antibody prevalence and incidence of infection to novel influenza A (H1N1)v

Award winner: Ann-Louise Caress

Institution: University of Manchester

Value: £85,262

Exploring the needs, concerns and behaviours of people with existing respiratory conditions in relation to the H1N1 "swine flu" pandemic

NIHR HEALTH TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT

The NIHR's Health Technology Assessment programme produces independent research information on the effectiveness, costs and impact of healthcare treatments and tests for those who plan, provide or receive National Health Service care. Listed here are the August-September 2009 research grant awards.

Award winner: Geoffrey Warhurst

Institution: Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

Value: £374,306

The clinical-diagnostic validity of rapid detection of healthcare-associated bloodstream infection in intensive care using multi-pathogen real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) technology

Award winner: Jennie Wilson

Institution: Health Protection Agency

Value: £304,124

Using evidence to reduce risk of healthcare-acquired infection after primary hip replacement

Award winner: Keith Willett

Institution: University of Oxford

Value: £2,260,183

Comparison of close-contact cast (CCC) technique to open surgical reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) in the treatment of unstable ankle fractures in patients aged over 60

Award winner: Rod S. Taylor

Institution: PenTAG, Peninsula Medical School

Value: £159,652

The clinical and cost-effectiveness of exercise-referral schemes: a systematic review and economic evaluation

Award winner: Alastair Hay

Institution: University of Bristol

Value: £3,255,155

The diagnosis of urinary-tract infection in young children (DUTY) study

Award winner: Gillian Livingston

Institution: University College London

Value: £1,521,781

The START (Strategies for Relatives) study: a pragmatic randomised controlled trial to determine the effectiveness of a manual-based coping-strategy programme in promoting the mental health of carers of people with dementia

Award winner: James Raftery

Institution: University of Southampton

Value: £113,510

Clinical trials funded by the Health Technology Assessment programme: specifying and extracting metadata

Award winner: Diana Gibb

Institution: Clinical Trials Unit, Medical Research Council

Value: £531,261

Paediatric European Network for the Treatment of Aids (PENTA): PENTA 16 Trial: short-cycle therapy (SCT) (five days on, two days off) in young people with chronic HIV infection

Award winner: Willem Kuyken

Institution: University of Exeter

Value: £1,828,161

Preventing depressive relapse in NHS practice through mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT)

Award winner: Catherine Sackley

Institution: Primary Care Clinical Sciences, University of Birmingham

Value: £1,930,486

A cluster randomised controlled trial of an occupational-therapy intervention for residents with strokes living in UK care homes

ENGINEERING AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL

Award winner: A.J. Cadby

Institution: University of Sheffield

Value: £199,215

Functional imaging: atomic-force imaging using probes functionalised with modified enzymes

Award winner: D. Graham

Institution: University of Strathclyde

Value: £202,797

In vivo reporting using nanosystems chemistry and optical spectroscopy

Award winner: A. McKinnon

Institution: Heriot-Watt University

Value: £257,228

Decarbonising the maritime supply chain: assessing the contribution of shippers

IN DETAIL: THE ROYAL SOCIETY

Award winner: Christopher Reynolds

Institution: University of Essex

Value: £53,000

Funding for this project will go towards furthering understanding of the information embedded in the genetic code, focusing on timing signals within DNA. Researchers from the University of Essex's department of biological sciences will study the effect of timing on the formation of protein within DNA. Protein that forms incorrectly has the potential to cause disease. It is hoped that results from this study will provide insights into the genetic basis of human disease.

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