Grant winners

January 6, 2011

ACTION MEDICAL RESEARCH

• Award winner: Jill Clayton-Smith

• Institution: Central Manchester University Hospital

• Value: £124,917

Learning disabilities: identifying the causes

• Award winner: Guy Whiteley

• Institution: St George's, University of London

• Value: £159,170

Pre-eclampsia: why do cells in the placenta die?

• Award winner: Phillip Bennett

• Institution: Imperial College London

• Value: £167,347

Preterm labour prevention and protecting the baby's brain

• Award winner: Jonna Kuntsi

• Institution: King's College London

• Value: £194,528

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) study

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

• Award winner: T.T. Thordarson

• Institution: University of Edinburgh

• Value: £51,551

Mapping and sampling of the tephra fallout from the continuing eruption that began on 14 April at the Eyjafjallajökull volcano, southern Iceland

• Award winner: D. Petley

• Institution: Durham University

• Value: £51,868

Seismically induced mass movements in the Sierra Cucapá and Sierra el Mayor, northern Mexico

• Award winner: A. Rietbrock

• Institution: University of Liverpool

• Value: £82,965

Post-seismic investigation of the February 2010 Chile earthquake: relaxation processes and the relationship of seismic and aseismic activity

• Award winner: P. Delmelle

• Institution: University of York

• Value: £28,759

Environmental hazards of fluoride in volcanic ash from the ongoing Eyjafjallajökull eruption, Iceland

• Award winner: C.J. Horwell

• Institution: Durham University

• Value: £30,152

Rapid assessment of the potential health hazard of ash from the Eyjafjallajökull volcano, Iceland

• Award winner: I. Shennan

• Institution: Durham University

• Value: £51,729

Sediment signatures of the 2010 Chile Mw 8.8 earthquake

• Award winner: C.S. Cockell

• Institution: The Open University

• Value: £51,515

Establishment of a biological monitoring site on the Eyjafjallajökull fissure, Iceland

IN DETAIL

• Award winner: Chris Turney

• Institution: University of Exeter

• Value £26,710

Unique slices of time: salvaging New Zealand sub-fossil kauri (Agathis australis) that span the termination of the last glacial period.

Having previously recovered four sub-fossil trees that fell within the last glacial period from Towai in New Zealand, researchers on this project will seek to salvage and archive the kauri species of evergreen tree currently at risk of extinction in the region. With an ongoing drought resulting in greatly depleted water levels in the Northland territory, it is hoped that salvaging the ancient kauri will be of immense benefit to the scientific community, allowing researchers to be able to effectively archive an annual record of the changing atmospheric radiocarbon and previous climatic conditions in the area.

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