Five exceptional medical researchers at Oxford University, two from WTCHG, have been given significant funding to pursue their research goals, the Wellcome Trust has announced. That means a quarter of the Trust's Senior Investigator Awards have gone to researchers based at Oxford - the largest number of any institution. The awards are designed to provide funding that will give these scientists the flexibility and time they need to tackle important research questions.
The Wellcome Trust Senior Investigators at the WTCHG are Professor Peter Donnelly and Professor Adrian Hill. They are named among the 20 Senior Investigators and 7 New Investigators the Wellcome Trust has appointed. The Trust is investing a total of £56 million worth of funding in these researchers addressing the most important questions about health and disease, with individual awards ranging from around £1 million to £3 million.
The awards will see the scientists look at ambitious and diverse research topics, from using stem cells to help the body mend itself to looking at how physical activity during pregnancy affects a child's health in later life and understanding the underlying neurobiology of conditions such as epilepsy.
Sir Mark Walport, Director of the Wellcome Trust, says: ‘The Wellcome Trust Investigators, together with our existing Fellowship holders, represent some of the very brightest minds in biomedical science. They are seeking answers to challenging research questions that could potentially transform our understanding of the mechanisms of health and disease.
‘We are demonstrating our confidence in these outstanding individuals by providing longer-term, flexible funding; in return, we expect that they will make significant advances in knowledge in their field and act as ambassadors within the research community, helping us achieve our aim of improving human and animal health.'
For more information on Prof Donnelly's research, click here.
For more information on Prof Hill's research, click here.