Grant Winners

February 17, 2011


• Award winner: Sharhad Taheri

• Institution: Diabetes centre, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital

• Value: £138,762

Obesity in children: sleep patterns

• Award winner: John Speakman

• Institution: University of Aberdeen

• Value: £68,194

Obesity in children: the energy balance circuit

• Award winner: Julie Hadwin

• Institution: University of Southampton

• Value: £83,282

Anxiety and working memory in children and young people

• Award winner: Andrew Pollard

• Institution: Oxford Vaccine Group

• Value: £148,052

Meningitis B - developing a novel vaccine

• Award winner: Oliver Hanemann

• Institution: Peninsula Medical School

• Value: £114,409

Neurofibromatosis type 2

• Award winner: D. Brazil

• Institution: Queen's University Belfast

• Value: £124,652

Retinopathy of prematurity

• Award winner: Sarah Astill

• Institution: University of Leeds

• Value: £64,263

Movement difficulties

• Award winner: Nigel Klein

• Institution: Institute of Child Health, University College London

• Value: £119,332

Preterm birth - the role of the maternal immune system

• Award winner: John Gibson

• Institution: University of Cambridge

• Value: £47,132

Sickle cell disease - a new diagnostic test


• Award winner: Gurdyal Besra

• Institution: University of Birmingham

• Value: £172,984

Lipid, sugar and protein biomarkers for ancient tuberculosis and leprosy

• Award winner: Thomas Mock

• Institution: University of East Anglia

• Value: £161,350

From genes to structures: how diatoms form their nanostructured silica shells

• Award winner: David Angeli

• Institution: Imperial College London

• Value: £99,359

Structural conditions for oscillation in chemical reaction networks

• Award winner: Rod Blackshaw

• Institution: University of Plymouth

• Value: £249,443

An integrated theoretical and experimental approach to understanding insect traps

• Award winner: Gregory Edgecombe

• Institution: Natural History Museum

• Value: £144,707

Extrapolating the central nervous system of Cambrian ecdysozoans

• Award winner: Sinead Drea

• Institution: University of Leicester

• Value: £148,860

The evolution of fruit form

• Award winner: Louise Johnson

• Institution: University of Reading

• Value: £151,014

Experimental evolution of novel genetic codes and their genomic consequence

• Award winner: Peter Doerner

• Institution: University of Edinburgh

• Value: £134,476

Synthetic polymer arrays to isolate, enrich and grow specific plant cell types


• Award winner: Raheela Khan

• Institution: University of Nottingham

• Value: £192,936

Preterm labour - the role of inflammation

Some cases of preterm labour, which is a major cause of infant death and disability, are thought to be caused by inflammation. This research focuses on the role of a receptor in the membrane of white blood cells that sets up an inflammatory process. Overactivity of this receptor may lead to premature contractions. By measuring the proteins created by this process, the team hope to learn whether preterm labour results in the production of harmful proteins.

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