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Further funding advancing health research at Bristol

29 May 2019

Elizabeth Blackwell Institute nurtures research to improve health for all. We're proud to share the recent funding successes of some of our awardees who have gone on to secure further awards for their research projects in three very different areas: smart stem cells, the genetics of osteoarthritis, and spinal cord injury.

UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship at the heart of stem cell research

Stem cell-based therapy promises cures for a multitude of diseases and disorders including regeneration of heart tissue, but is severely limited by the ability of stem cells to identify the damaged location and remain there after administration.

Dr Adam Perriman, an EBI awardee working in this area, has recently been named as one of the recipients of the UK Research and Innovation's (UKRI) new Future Leaders Fellowships.

Dr Perriman, who will conduct pioneering research into modifying stem cells to allow them to 'home' and repair the damaged heart tissue that follows a heart attack, said: "I am extremely honoured to be a recipient of the Future Leaders Fellowship. It's an incredible initiative and it's great to be representing the University and the South West."

Read the full news story about Adam Perriman’s UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship.

Read Adam Perriman’s EBI project case study: Smart stem cells home to damaged tissue.

MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship to advance osteoarthritis research

You’re more likely to get osteoarthritis of the hip if your parents have had it, and certain hip shapes can increase the risk. So, could changes in hip shape associated with hip osteoarthritis be inherited? This was the question asked by Dr Benjamin Faber in his proposal for funding under the EBI Clinical Primer scheme.

He has recently been awarded a £240,000 MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship for a PhD at University of Bristol with Professor Tobias and Professor Davey Smith, titled: ‘Use of Mendelian randomisation to examine the role of abnormal hip shape in the development of hip osteoarthritis’. He is due to start in September 2019. 

Read Ben Faber’s EBI project case study: Shooting from the hip: tracing the genetics of osteoarthritis

EBI Fellow to start BBSRC South West Bioscience Doctoral Training Program

Following Vet Zoe Cortes’ research into how cells from noses might help with spinal cord injury, this EBI Clinical Primer Awardee has recently been awarded a studentship with BBSRC South West Bioscience Doctoral Training Program.

Zoe said: “The [Clinical Primer] scheme was the perfect opportunity for me to delve into research, and it provided the perfect springboard to a career as a clinical academic”.

The project she will be working on from September 2019 is: ‘How do dogs respond to changes in cortisol levels in conspecifics and humans?

Read Zoe Cortes’ EBI project case study: Nosing out new treatments for spinal cord injury.


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