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Awards and Fellowships in the WIMM

Posted 16/12/2013

The following awards and a fellowship have recently been announced for WIMM researchers. Andrew Wilkie - Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award, Alison Simmons - Wellcome Trust New Investigator Award, Adam Mead - MRC Senior Clinical Fellowship, Rui Monteiro - BHF Intermediate Basic Science Research Fellowship, Marella de Bruijn, Catherine Porcher and Wojciech Niedzwiedz have all been awarded the title of University Research Lecturer in ...

2014 Tobias Prize awarded to Sten Eirik Jacobsen

2014 Tobias Prize awarded to Sten Eirik Jacobsen

Posted 02/12/2013

The Swedish Royal Academy for Sciences has announced that Sten Eirik Jacobsen has been awarded the Tobias Prize for 2014, “for groundbreaking scientific contributions to the field of haematopoiesis, particularly with respect to identifying factors that regulate the maturation process of haematopoietic stem cells, factors of great importance for successfully transplanting stem cells”. The Tobias Prize is a Nordic Prize awarded every second year ...

NIHR Research Professorship

NIHR Research Professorship

Posted 15/11/2013

A prestigious NIHR Research Professorship has been awarded, as one of the five successful recipients in the third round of the competition, to Dr Alison Simmons for her work in redefining Crohn’s Disease at a molecular level to identify new biomarkers and therapies. The NIHR Research Professorships are intended to enable outstanding early career academics to spend a fixed 5-year period dedicated to translational research at professorial level, ...

Wellcome Trust New Investigator Award

Wellcome Trust New Investigator Award

Posted 15/11/2013

Jan Rehwinkel has been named as the recipient of a Wellcome Trust New Investigator Award. These awards are aimed at providing funding for scientists who have an excellent track record and are in an established academic post. Jan was given the award on the strength of his research programme focused on furthering understanding of cytosolic DNA detection by the host immune system. Cytosolic detection is of particular importance not only during ...

Oxford Headache Centre Launched

Oxford Headache Centre Launched

Posted 12/11/2013

Dr Zameel Cader of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences has helped to set up the Oxford Headache Centre to unite researchers and clinicians with the common purpose of improving the lives of headache sufferers. Speaking to the Oxford Mail, he said, 'A Headache. You probably just put up with it and carry on with work and life. But what if it’s a headache that you can’t put to one side? A headache that means you have to stop what you ...

Douglas Murray Prize Awarded 2013

Douglas Murray Prize Awarded 2013

Posted 24/10/2013

Vikram Sharma from Andrew Wilkie's group was presented with the Douglas Murray Prize at the 10th West Midlands Plastic Surgery Meeting, Birmingham, UK in 2013. Vikram said, "I gave an oral presentation at a national Plastic Surgery meeting in Birmingham and out of 28 other presentations from all over the UK, I won 1st prize, which was presented by the great man himself (Mr Douglas Murray). This was the only presentation from Oxford at this ...

Young Investigator Awards for Outstanding Science 2013

Posted 24/10/2013

Vikram Sharma from Andrew Wilkie's group was presented with the Young Investigator Award for Outstanding Science at the European Human Genetics Conference 2013 in Paris. Vikram said of the meeting, 'following the publication of my group's paper in Nature Genetics (Nat Genet. 2013 Sep 26;45(10):1261. doi: 10.1038/ng1013-1261a.), I presented the major findings from the story at the European Human Genetics Conference 2013 in Paris at an oral ...

Wallace H. Coulter Award

Wallace H. Coulter Award

Posted 22/07/2013

The American Society of Hematology will present the Society’s highest honor, the 2013 Wallace H. Coulter Award for Lifetime Achievement in Hematology, to Sir David Weatherall, MD, of the University of Oxford for his more than 50-year career in hematology combining seminal discoveries, visionary translational research leadership, and a passion for global health initiatives that have together helped improve clinical care for thousands throughout ...

New blood stem cell could help solve platelet shortage

New blood stem cell could help solve platelet shortage

Posted 21/08/2013

A new type of bone marrow stem cell in mice that is primed to produce large numbers of vital blood-clotting platelets has been discovered. The breakthrough could lead to the development of new treatments to restore platelets in patients who have undergone chemotherapy or a bone marrow transplant. A team funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC), and led by scientists at Oxford University's MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, ...

Buchanan Medal Awarded

Buchanan Medal Awarded

Posted 22/07/2013

Professor Douglas Higgs FRS has been awarded the 2013 Buchanan Medal by The Royal Society for his seminal work on the regulation of the human alpha-globin gene cluster and the role of the ATRX protein in genetic disease. The Buchanan Medal is awarded biennially (in odd years) “in recognition of distinguished contribution to the medical sciences generally”. Professor Higgs said: 'I am delighted to receive this award, which honours the work of ...