Grant winners

August 25, 2011

ARTS AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL

• Award winner: Vincenzo Vergiani

• Institution: University of Cambridge

• Value: £725,2

The intellectual and religious traditions of South Asia as seen through the Sanskrit manuscript collections of the University of Cambridge

• Award winner: Mark Textor

• Institution: King's College London

• Value: £314,8

Word meaning: what it is and what it is not

• Award winner: Nicola Shaughnessy

• Institution: University of Kent

• Value: £344,188

Imagining autism: drama, performance and intermediality as interventions for autistic spectrum conditions

• Award winner: Jane Chapman

• Institution: University of Lincoln

• Value: £456,373

Comics and the world wars

NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH RESEARCH

Health Services Research

• Award winner: Kate Tilling

• Institution: University of Bristol

• Value: £319,407

Development, validation and evaluation of a clinical instrument for active monitoring of men with localised prostate cancer

Service Delivery and Organisation

• Award winner: Graeme Currie

• Institution: University of Warwick

• Value: £308,789

The knowledge-brokering role of middle-level managers in service innovation: managing the translation gap in patient safety for elderly care

• Award winner: Irene Tuffrey-Wijne

• Institution: University of London

• Value: £376,186

Identifying the factors that affect the implementation of strategies to promote a safer environment for patients who have learning disabilities in NHS hospitals

THE LEVERHULME TRUST

Research Project Grants

Applied sciences (including architecture)

• Award winner: Iain Jackson

• Institution: University of Liverpool

• Value: £101,771

The architecture of Maxwell Fry & Drew: Modernism, collaborations and the tropics

• Award winner: Eleanor J. Milner-Gulland

• Institution: Imperial College London

• Value: £237,633

Exclusion v mobility: limits to ideal free distributions in pastoralist systems

• Award winner: Helen Sharp

• Institution: The Open University

• Value: £85,642

Novice interaction designers' behaviour in different cultures

IN DETAIL

National Institute for Health Research

• Award winner: Richard Hobbs

• Institution: University of Oxford

• Value: £575,962

The REFER (REFer for EchocaRdiogram) study: a prospective validation of a clinical decision rule, NT-proBNP, or their combination, in the diagnosis of heart failure in primary care

Despite benefits of early treatment, patients with heart failure are misdiagnosed by GPs who rely on diagnostic tools that have shortcomings (eg, ECGs, chest X-rays). Echocardiography is a superior test but is expensive, often delayed and limited by a lack of technicians. There is evidence that standardised questionnaires - clinical decision rules (CDRs) - improve clinical decision-making. Using a CDR, emergency physicians improved their diagnosis and GPs were helped to decide if hospitalisation was needed for patients with suspected heart attacks. However, only one study has evaluated a CDR to diagnose heart failure in primary care, but encountered difficulties validating the rule. This diagnostic validation study will assess this CDR's accuracy in diagnosing heart failure.

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