Grant winners

December 8, 2011


Research Project Grants

Basic sciences

• Award winner: Mark Blamire

• Institution: University of Cambridge

• Value: £100,302

Oxide superconductor/ferromagnet Josephson junctions

• Award winner: Nicola Holden

• Institution: Scottish Crop Research Institute

• Value: £229,965

Defining the interactions between plant cell walls and bacterial surface factors

• Award winner: Guy Poppy

• Institution: University of Southampton

• Value: £155,705

Does diesel pollution compromise an insect's ability to smell a flower's scent?

• Award winner: Loeske Kruuk

• Institution: University of Edinburgh

• Value: £224,257

Explaining responses to climate change in a wild mammal

• Award winner: Gaelle Villejoubert

• Institution: Kingston University

• Value: £85,789

Rethinking the role of intuition in probability judgements

Social studies (including anthropology, geography and social psychology)

• Award winner: Thalia Eley

• Institution: Institute of Psychiatry

• Value: £195,440

Familial transmission of emotional development: a children-of-twins approach

• Award winner: Clare Wood

• Institution: Coventry University

• Value: £75,761

Evaluating the potential of speech rhythm-based reading intervention


Digitisation programme

• Award winner: Alexandra Franklin

• Institution: University of Oxford

• Value: £145,244

Integrated broadside ballads archive

• Award winner: Nick Short

• Institution: Royal Veterinary College

• Value: £128,339

Online veterinary anatomy museum


Service Delivery and Organisation (NIHR SDO) programme

• Award winner: Helen Spiby

• Institution: University of Nottingham

• Value: £369,650

Multisite implementation of a promising innovation in low- income communities: support for childbearing women

In Detail

• Award winner: Julian Paul Hamilton-Shield

• Institution: University of Bristol

• Value: £1,572,664

Changing eating behaviours to treat childhood obesity in the community using Mandolean: the ComMando (Community Mandolean) randomised trial

Obesity is now the most common disorder of childhood and adolescence. It has many immediate health consequences, including diabetes. Commonly, obesity persists into adulthood, leading to long-term health problems such as cancer. Most interventions, designed to promote weight loss, have so far proved unsuccessful. Recently, a trial of a new device, the Mandolean, demonstrated a reduction in body mass index in adolescents when used in conjunction with a weight-management programme. The Mandolean is a weighing scale that measures the rate of eating and satiety, and provides feedback to help children change their eating behaviour. This study aims to establish the effectiveness of the Mandolean in a weight-loss programme for children aged 5 to 11.

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