Wellcome Trust funding changes

The Wellcome Trust has published a press release about its revised funding approach which is available here, and a Q&A to accompany the news here.

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News from the School for Dentistry

Students in Dentistry win prestigious national prizes for their research:

Praveen Sharma in the Periodontal Research Group has won the Sir Wilfred Fish Prize at the Presidential British Society for Periodontology meeting in September 2014. The Sir Wilfred Fish Research Prize, instituted in 1970, is awarded annually by the British Society of Periodontology, with the object of encouraging researchers in the early stages of their career. The Prize takes the form of a cash award of £1000 together with a certificate. This is the second year running that the PRG have had a winner of this prize (last year’s was won by Martin Ling) and have had six winners in total.

Binish Khatoon, whose PhD is in educational research into mobile learning, has been awarded 1st prize in the British Dental Editors Forum Young Communicator of the Year Award for her paper ‘Can we learn, teach and practise dentistry anywhere, anytime?’ British Dental Journal 2013; 215: 345-347. This national award is given to a young person who has created a significant dental communication such as a refereed article, journalism, social media, video, podcast, or any other form of communication.

Well done to both students for these great achievements.

National Lung Matrix Trial launched

The University of Birmingham’s Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials Unit is to be part of an innovative clinical trial to test a variety of medicines which could offer hope to patients who would otherwise have very limited treatment options.

Led by chief investigator Professor Gary Middleton, the trial will partner Cancer Research UK with pharmaceutical companies AstraZeneca and Pfizer to create a pioneering clinical trial for patients with advanced lung cancer – marking a new era of research into personalised medicines to treat cancer. Continue reading