LIAS news

September 2018

'WT-ISSF symposium 2018: Interdisciplinary Health Research in the Midlands'

A successful symposium held by The Wellcome Trust hosted special guest speaker Professor Jacalyn Duffin (Queen’s University, Kingston) on Stanley’s Dream: The Medical Expedition to Easter Island (METEI). Bringing together experts from leading Universities across the Midlands to facilitate engaging lectures, ranging from Social media and mental health to Preventing drug resistant bacterial infections, to facilitate interactive panel discussion on both the history and future of health research with the core perspective on interdisciplinary collaborations. Dynamic speakers include the Unversisty of Leicester's Elizabeth Jones, tiger team leader Michelle O'Reily and Joshua Vande Hey.

Congratulations to Dr. Nicola J. Mackintosh and Dr. Oliver S. Williams for respectively being awarded the 'WT ISSF Best Interdisciplinary Poster 2018' prize.

August 2018

'With Tommy Hilfiger’s ‘smart’ clothing range, data collection has reached dystopian levels'

In The Independent, Dr. Phoebe Moore explains the developments of technology with AI, and the effect it is having on our perception of branding, consumer habits, and how it feeds into society's culture of fear regarding control and privacy.

Live LIAS funding opportunities

Our LIAS Fellowship scheme is currently open for application. We also have a pre-call notice out for tiger teams, with the call due to launch in September.

July, 2018

Pump Priming grants awarded: LeMID network

Putting money where the research is: Six of the Le-MID team are awarded pump priming grants to further their research in understanding more about disease and its prevention

The Microbial Sciences and Infectious Diseases Network at the University of Leicester is comprised of interdisciplinary experts from within the university and the UHL NHS Trust, who research areas of microbiology, genetics, structural and chemical biology, mathematical and computational biology, physics, health and social sciences, respiratory medicine, clinical microbiology and infectious diseases. The collective research that the network produces encompasses a cohesive study covering every process concerned with infectious disease, including the environmental determiners, human interaction and transmission, and alternative treatments and diagnostic strategies.

Six post doctorates (Luke Green, Caroline Cayrou, Roxana Zamudio Zea, Jo Purves, Janet Nale, Megan De Ste Croix) from the network have been awarded pump priming grants to help further both field and laboratorial research. With the overriding theme of infectious diseases and prevention, the post doctorates offer expertise in areas of genetics, infection, immunity and inflammation, air pollution and genomic populations. The funding will contribute to the conduction of pilot data, field research, the investigation and use of new and alternative technologies, and the pursuit of substitutes for conventional medical treatments to the awardees’ respective areas of study. The funding will contribute to the network’s underlying understanding that advanced research in the role that different variables have on the contraction and prevention of diseases is vital to the future conceptualisation of disease as a preventable phenomenon. Le-MID has an active events programme running throughout the year, follow the events page for more information.

Click here for a more in-depth account of how the funding intends to be used for the six individual research projects.

April 2018

College of Social Science, Arts and Humanities College Forum (1 May, CWB Sports Hall)

LIAS will be hosting a stand at the upcoming CSSAH College Forum on 1 May. Drop by and visit us to hear more about our programme of events and activities, and discuss how we can help you develop your interdisciplinary research ambitions.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships Writeshop

The Leicester Institute for Advanced Studies, together with the Research and Enterprise Division, are inviting applications for a three day Writeshop for prospective MSCA Individual Fellows. The Writeshop is intended to provide opportunities for prospective Fellows and supervisors to work together, with expert input guidance and insight. Click here for the relevant guidance and application form.

March 2018

LIAS funding opportunities - calls now open!

The Leicester Institute for Advanced Studies (LIAS) is delighted to announce that the next call for Research Network and Tiger Team applications, and our first call for Fellowships, is now live - click here for call descriptions, guidance, and application forms.

Press release: ARP workshop

The potential of a method of replacing female genital mutilation as an initiation into womanhood with culturally sensitive alternatives is to be explored.

The University of Leicester is hosting a workshop on ‘Alternative Rites of Passage: Their role in anti-FGM work in Africa’ on 9 March. Organised by the Institute for Advanced Studies, the workshop coincides with the University’s week-long celebration of International Women’s Day.

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