Ian's blog

Posted by egg3 at Sep 27, 2013 11:15 AM |
Ian Forsythe's blog for September 2013 - REF2014, recent staff changes, future outreach and recent grant successes

As the new academic year starts I would like to take this opportunity to welcome everyone and let you know some of the recent news. If new colleagues and postdocs have started and are not on the mailing list, please inform Emma and ask them to email her.

On the REF2014 front, we are now preparing the documentation for impact cases and environment statements and these have been previewed by the Strand Leads. Further work will be carried out over the next month or so. The University is in the final throws of decision making on who will be submitted, and we will be informed very soon. If you have any concerns about this, please see me or your HOD.

Grant Development is the current hot issue, so please ask Emma for help in planning and she direct you into the process. Remember these meetings can be at any level, from a one-to-one, round-table planning seminar/discussion, to peer review of your draft proposal. The philosophy is ‘any help your colleagues can give’. See below for recent successes.

Gordon Harold will be leaving at the end of October and heading to the green pastures of Sussex. He has made a huge contribution to running the Theme and particularly in planning and execution of our REF strategy. We are sorry to see you go Gordon, and I would personally add a very big ‘thank you!’ for all your efforts and dedication to building the Theme.

I am pleased to welcome Kevin Paterson who is taking over as Strand Lead for Psychology. With new members of staff in Cell Physiology & Pharmacology and in the School of Psychology, I think we have exciting opportunities to develop new collaborations and benefit from closer integration of basic and applied science.

Embryonic plans are being developed for Outreach (please contact Emma or Rodrigo) and Flav Giorgini will lead the committee setting up our next N&B Symposium day which will be around Easter 2014. The Outreach is great fun and makes a huge contribution to informing the public about the importance of our work. Please do get involved in these projects.

Now is a great time to look at your Strand Web pages and do a little update!

Recent grant successes:-

InvestigatorCo-investigatorProject titleFunding BodyFEC of award
Hartell N Prof An improved super-resolution multi-photon microscope BBSRC Biotech & Biolog Science £13,131
Evans R Prof Ralf Schmid Integrated mutagenesis, biochemical and bioinformatic approaches to characterize the molecular basis of antagonist action at P2X7 receptors for ATP MRC (Medical Research Council) £396,706
Giorgini F Dr Kyriacou C Prof DJ-1 and neurodegeneration: its roles in mitochondria and protein misfolding MRC (Medical Research Council) £565,908
Brugha T Prof Ms Jane Smith, Consultancy Adult Psychiatry Research Group 2014 Health & Social Care Information Centre via National Centre for Social Research £404,614
Gibson C Dr BSN Project Support Grant British Society for Neuroendocrinology £6,938


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