Grant winners

January 14, 2010


Award winner: Sebastian Brendan Lucas

Institution: Guy's & St Thomas' Hospital Trust

Value: £35,048

Predictive clinico-pathological features derived from systematic autopsy examination of patients who die from A/H1N1 (pandemic flu) infection


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 November-December 2009 grant awards.

Award winner: Ibrahim Abubakar

Institution: Health Protection Agency

Value: £2,653,069

Prognostic value of interferon gamma release assays in predicting active tuberculosis among individuals with, or at risk of, latent tuberculosis infection

Award winner: Sharon Anne Simpson

Institution: Cardiff University

Value: £1,458,796

Weight loss maintenance in adults (WILMA)

Award winner: Mark Thursz

Institution: Imperial College London

Value: £2,122,492

Steroids or Pentoxifyline for alcoholic hepatitis (STOPAH) trial


Four Wolfson Research Professorships have been awarded by the British Academy to established scholars in the UK. The awards, of £150,000 each, will be provided to the winners over three years and will allow them to concentrate on a specific research programme, freeing them from teaching and administrative duties.

Award winner: Roy Foster

Institution: University of Oxford

The development of radicalisation among opinion-formers and revolutionaries in Ireland, c.1890-1920

Award winner: Robert Frost

Institution: University of Aberdeen

The Polish-Lithuanian Union, 1386-1815

Award winner: Mary Morgan

Institution: London School of Economics

Rethinking case studies across the social sciences

Award winner: David Perrett

Institution: University of St Andrews

Perceptions of health


In a joint funding scheme between the BBSRC and the US' National Institute on Aging, six collaborative research teams - consisting of researchers from the US and the UK - will be awarded £4 million in an effort to help the world's ageing population live longer and healthier lives. The transatlantic projects aim to further understanding of the biology of the ageing process, looking at areas including the genetic and molecular effects in the body that determine lifespan, and how environmental factors impact on the genetics of ageing.

Award winners: Peter Adams, University of Glasgow, and John Sedivy, Brown University

The Wnt-chromatin axis in ageing

Award winners: Arne Akbar, University College London, and Janko Nikolich-Zugich, University of Arizona

Mechanisms of reduced T-cell immunity in older adults

Award winners: Clare Blackburn, University of Edinburgh, and Nancy Manley, University of Georgia

Steroid receptors and transcriptional control of thymic rebound

Award winners: Queelim Ch'ng, King's College London, and Hang Lu, Georgia Institute of Technology

Sources, transmission and effects of transcriptional noise in C. elegans ageing

Award winners: Dominic Withers, Imperial College London, and Brian Kennedy, University of Washington

S6 kinase and ageing


Award winners: Chris Richardson, Bangor University, and Steve Austad, University of Texas Health Science Centre, San Antonio

Mechanisms of exceptional longevity in the world's longest-lived animal

Examining the longevity of the ocean quahog shellfish, which can live for up to 400 years, this project will evaluate three plausible mechanisms of ageing that may determine the lifespan of shorter-lived species. Symptoms of ageing in molluscs, such as muscle loss, are similar to those in humans. By comparing different members of the bivalve molluscs, the researchers hope to further understanding into the prolonged existence of the creatures to help provide insights into the human ageing process.

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