Grant winners

August 18, 2011

THE WELLCOME TRUST

Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships

• Award winner: Irene G. Romero

• Institution: European Bioinformatics Institute

• Value: £250,000

Comparative genomics of regulatory evolution in primates

THE LEVERHULME TRUST

International Network Grant (2012-2013)

• Award winner: Chris Evans

• Institution: University of Glamorgan

• Value: £122,000

A world of copper: Globalising the Industrial Revolution, 1830-1870

NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH RESEARCH

Health Services Research

• Award winner: Sophie Roberts

• Institution: North Yorkshire and York Primary Care Trust

• Value: £220,833

Translation of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire into British Sign Language

Service Delivery and Organisation

• Award winner: Justin Waring

• Institution: University of Nottingham

• Value: £238,584

Knowledge sharing across the boundaries between care processes, services and organisations: the contributions to "safe" hospital discharge and reduced emergency readmission

• Award winner: Jan Illing

• Institution: Durham University

• Value: £79,690

Evidence synthesis on the occurrence, causes, consequences, prevention and management of bullying and harassing behaviours to inform decision-making in the NHS

ARTS AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL

• Award winner: Catherine Nash

• Institution: Queen Mary, University of London

• Value: £292,116

Living with the past at home: Domestic pre-habitation and inheritance

• Award winner: Venetia Porter

• Institution: British Museum

• Value: £253,998

Hajj Exhibition

• Award winner: Brett Mills

• Institution: University of East Anglia

• Value: £329,369

Make me laugh: Creativity in the British television comedy industry

• Award winner: Chris Wickham

• Institution: University of Oxford

• Value: £321,845

From Byzantine to Ottonian empires: Venice, Ravenna and Rome, imperial associations and the construction of city identity, c.750-1000

IN DETAIL

British Heart Foundation

• Award winner: Paul Riley

• Institution: University of Oxford

• Value: £1,500,000

BHF professor of regenerative medicine: finding ways to reprogramme the heart's own cells for heart repair

Currently the only treatment for heart failure - the result of damage caused by heart attacks - in the UK is a heart transplant. The shortage of donors, however, means that relatively few people are able to benefit from this procedure. The British Heart Foundation believes that regenerative medicine - finding a way to replace heart muscle damaged by heart attack - could be the answer. Paul Riley will move from his position at University College London to the department of physiology, anatomy and genetics at the University of Oxford to contribute to the vital work of Oxford's BHF Centre of Research Excellence. The BHF professorship will enable Professor Riley and his team to explore new ways of harnessing the potential of the epicardium (the cell layer that covers the surface of the heart) to repair hearts. His research shows that damage to the heart muscle can reactivate the epicardial cells, directing them to expand in number and mobilise to the site of injury. Professor Riley hopes that his research will eventually lead to the creation of new drugs for the treatment of heart attacks.

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