£13 million award supports world-class research towards Midlands’ bioeconomy

Posted by ap507 at Oct 03, 2014 09:54 AM |
University to play key role in training researchers tackling challenging issues

Three of the Midlands’ leading universities have been awarded £13 million for a “Doctoral Training Partnership” to provide research training to support the Midlands bioeconomy.

The Partnership, led by University of Warwick, together with the Universities of Leicester and Birmingham, has received the award for their Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership (MIBTP) which will train an additional 260 PhD research students over the next 5 years.

The MIBTP partners have overlapping and unique areas of research expertise creating an environment not possible with one institution alone. 

The University's President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Boyle said: “This award will help all three universities train the researchers the Bioeconomy will need to help crack some of the most challenging  issues we face:  agriculture must produce more food using less water, land, energy and other inputs, whilst reducing waste and environmental impacts; Industrial biotechnology must provide renewable energy, materials and industrial chemicals; and research into the ageing process and how our bodies work is needed to increase the ability of individuals to lead healthier lives, reduce the building  pressure on our healthcare system.

“This initiative will build upon Leicester’s strong biotech research base and our particular strengths in gene expression, structural biology, genome dynamics, cell signalling and neuroscience.  Leicester also hosts the MRC Toxicology Unit, the UK’s foremost centre for research into the molecular basis of responses to external molecules. New investments such as the Centre for Genetic Architecture of Complex Traits (GATC) and the Centre for System Neuroscience highlight Leicester’s commitment to new ways of working in the biosciences.”

Dr Ezio Rosato (pictured), MIBTP Co-Director at the University, added: “I am delighted that, together with our partners, Leicester has been able to secure funding to continue this exciting programme to train the next generation of leading bioscientists. The quality of our current students and the level of the award we received from the BBSRC are a testimony of the success of our Partnership.”

The MIBTP ranked third out of only 12 programmes nationally receiving funding for a Doctoral Training Partnership from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).