Grant Winners

February 3, 2011

NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH RESEARCH

Health Technology Assessment Programme

• Award winner: Tjeerd van Staa

• Institution: Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

• Value: £314,974

Antibiotics for exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a randomised trial within the General Practice Research Database

• Award winner: Paul Emery

• Institution: Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit, National Institute of Health Research Leeds

• Value: £1,458,569

SWITCH: randomised, controlled trial of switching to alternative tumour necrosis factor-blocking drugs or abatacept or rituximab in patients with rheumatoid arthritis who have failed an initial TNF-blocking drug

• Award winner: Michael Clarke

• Institution: Royal Victoria Infirmary

• Value: £292,119

An external pilot study to test the feasibility of a randomised controlled trial comparing eye muscle surgery against active monitoring for childhood intermittent distance exotropia (X(T))

Service Delivery and Organisation Programme

• Award winner: Crispin Richard Coombs

• Institution: Loughborough University

• Value: £161,028

The role of unlearning in healthcare managers' decision- making

THE LEVERHULME TRUST

• Award winner: William Barnes

• Institution: University of Exeter

• Value: £143,405

Plasmonics and gain: underpinning science

• Award winner: Susan Perkin

• Institution: University College London

• Value: £109,332

The electrical double layer in pure ionic liquid next to an electrode surface

• Award winner: Patrick Haggard

• Institution: University College London

• Value: £114,771

Neuropsychology of choreographic patterns in aesthetic perception of dance

• Award winner: Richard Compton

• Institution: University of Oxford

• Value: £215,735

Characterisation of nanoparticles for environmental monitoring

• Award winner: Simon Liversedge

• Institution: University of Southampton

• Value: £245,959

Phonological processing during silent reading in children with permanent childhood hearing impairment (PCHI)

• Award winner: Alban Potherat

• Institution: Coventry University

• Value: £133,702

A new approach to the numerical simulations of magnetohydrodynamic duct flows

• Award winner: John Moses

• Institution: University of Nottingham

• Value: £232,580

Biomimetic asymmetric synthesis in biological membranes

• Award winner: Neil Roberts

• Institution: University of Plymouth

• Value: £146,741

Deforesting Europe: a pollen-based reconstruction of Holocene land cover change

• Award winner: George Wolff

• Institution: University of Liverpool

• Value: £170,947

A molecular 135,000-year record of environmental change from Lake Ohrid

• Award winner: Philip Moriarty

• Institution: University of Nottingham

• Value: £145,790

Mapping molecular force fields and energy landscapes with picometre resolution

• Award winner: John Maurice Campbell Plane

• Institution: University of Leeds

• Value: £176,774

Lab-on-a-chip synthesis of cosmic dust analogues

• Award winner: Enzo Pascale

• Institution: Cardiff University

• Value: £184,329

A study of galactic polarised dust with BLAST-Pol

The rest of the winners will be listed in the 17 February issue of Times Higher Education

IN DETAIL

Public Health Research Programme

• Award Winner: Kamran Siddiqi

• Institution: University of Leeds

• Value: £1,148,448

The CLASS trial (Children Learning About Second-hand Smoke): evaluation of a school-based intervention to protect children from second-hand smoke

The dangers of second-hand smoke, its influence on young people's smoking behaviour and its contribution to health inequalities are acknowledged. Lead researcher Kamran Siddiqi will conduct a cluster of randomised controlled trials evaluating the effectiveness of a school-based intervention known as Smoke Free Homes in cutting children's exposure to second-hand smoke, reducing uptake of smoking among 11- to 15-year-olds and encouraging smokers to quit. Parents and children will be recruited from 50 deprived Yorkshire schools. Children's exposure to second-hand smoke will be assessed at regular intervals pre- and post-intervention via interviews, surveys and saliva samples.

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