Dentistry PhD Student wins OMIG Prize

Dentistry PhD student Pip White has won 1st prize at the OMIG (Oral Microbiology and Immunology Group) Postgraduate Prize meeting ACTA, which took place in Amsterdam on 12th February 2015. Pip’s talk was entitled ‘The interactions between periodontal bacteria and neutrophil extracellular traps in periodontitis’. Congratulations Pip!

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Health Foundation Innovating for Improvement programme launched 13th January

Funding available for innovations to improve health care

The Health Foundation has £1.5 million available for up to 20 teams to test and develop innovative ideas to improve health care delivery in the UK.  If you are interested, visit <www.health.org.uk/innovatingimprovement> for further information.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon, 10 February 2015

2015 ~ Welcome Back

I hope everybody enjoyed relaxing Christmas breaks, and came back full of newfound enthusiasm as we hit the ground running in the New Year. Whether you’re wondering what the results of the REF mean (there are some excellent – albeit slightly gloomy! – articles in Research Fortnight here); thinking about new funding schemes available from the Wellcome Trust (with more to come in the next few months, according to their 2014 annual report) and others such as the MRC’s new Industry Asset Sharing Initiative or pondering the broader underpinning messages of the Government’s new Science & Innovation Strategy (a nice quick overview from the Society of Biology here and a good blog post through LSE here); there is clearly plenty to be thinking about. Continue reading

CRUK Visit

Kelly Sheehan-Rooney, Grant Manager at Cancer Research UK, visited the College of MDS last week to speak to researchers about research opportunities. She outlined the principles of writing a good application and summarised the CRUK awards available for early and mid-career researchers. In particular Kelly discussed the new Programme Foundation Award scheme recently launched.

If you would like a copy of the presentation slides, please email us at RKToffice[at]contacts.bham.ac.uk