A month of #advancingideas
News / Published: 1 December 2016
During November, we celebrated some of the scientists and other researchers we’ve funded in the past year, and the ideas they are pursuing to improve health.
At Wellcome, we believe that helping great ideas to thrive can improve health for everyone. That’s why advancing ideas is at the heart of our strategy.
We’re extremely proud of all the people we support. For this month, we mostly highlighted early-career researchers.
These 30 people represent thousands of researchers supported by Wellcome. Their ideas span many of the disciplines we fund, from molecular biology to making new medicines, from medical humanities to mental health.
Our featured researchers
Sir Henry Dale Fellowships
- Hansong Ma is using flies to discover how the DNA is passed on in mitochondrial DNA diseases.
- Andrew MacAskill is exploring how our brain decides good vs. bad in emotional responses.
- Henrik Kløverpris is discovering why the gut barrier breaks down in HIV.
- Zuzana Licenikova Horejsi is finding out which proteins interact to fix damaged DNA.
- Katarzyna Modrzynska is identifying proteins that drive the early stages of malaria transmission.
- Saravana Ramasamy is studying the effect on our bones of changes in blood supply as we age.
- Tanmay Bharat is using hi-resolution 3D imaging to look at the biofilms that infectious bacteria form in our bodies.
- Nick Casewell is developing a safe, universal anti-venom to target a deadly symptom of snakebite. Watch a film about his public engagement work on our YouTube channel.
- Anna Kuppuswamy is uncovering the causes of post-stroke fatigue.
Find out more about their work in our list of Sir Henry Dale Fellowships: people we've funded (2015 and 2016).
Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships
- Keith Siew is exploring in a new level of detail how kidneys function and control blood pressure.
- Briony Yorke is honing methods to reveal how proteins in the eye change as cataracts form.
- Francesc Coll I Cerezo is designing new ways to detect the genes that make bacteria resistant to antibiotics.
- Jan Zylicz is asking how epigenetics mutes one X chromosome in female embryos.
- Jana Hutter is using functional MRI scans to spot placenta damage.
- Alessio Lanna is targeting the protein that slows our immune system as we age.
- Edouard Hannezo is using physics to find out how stem cells control the shape of our organs.
- Ben Wilson is using neuroimaging and artificial languages to find out how language evolved.
- Maria Niarchou is looking into links between schizophrenia, ADHD and a chromosome 22 mutation.
- Rohini Mathur is investigating why the effects of type 2 diabetes are worse in some ethnic groups.
- Sophie Morgani is using pluripotent stem cells to see how bodies develop.
Find out more about their work in our list of Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships: people we've funded (2015 and 2016).
Research Fellowships in Humanities and Social Science
- Peter Singer is translating two ancient medical works by Galen into English for the first time.
- Oliver Bonnington wants to know what forms the stigma associated with depression takes and how to reduce it.
- Sophie Wickham is assessing the impact of UK welfare policies on child and maternal mental health.
- Jenny Bangham is charting the history of FlyBase, an online genetic database that transformed genetics in the 1990s.
Find out more about their work in our list of Research Fellowships in Humanities and Social Science: people we've funded (2015 and 2016).
- Ronjon Chakraverty is looking at a better way to embed new T cells in bone marrow.
- Amy Buck is using parasite RNA to diagnose and treat infections that cause river blindness.
- Cal MacLennan is using new technology to discover a vaccine for gonorrhoea.
- Ben Willcox is targeting tough cancers by directing unconventional T cells with drugs to fine-tune the immune system.
Find out more about their work in our list of Pathfinder Awards: projects we've funded (diagnostics, vaccine and therapeutics).
University Awards in Humanities and Social Science
- Stephen Mawdsley is revealing the legacy of contaminated medicine in 1930s USA.
Find out more about his work in our list of University Awards in Humanities and Social Science: people we've funded (2016).
Research Awards for Health Professionals
- Ingrid Slade is looking at whether public health ethics that focus on populations or groups of people are a better fit for clinical genomic medicine, than ethics that focus on individuals and their families.
Credit for all images: Mitch Blunt for Wellcome, CC BY