Fifteen awards have been made under the 2011 PhD studentship scheme

Fifteen PhD studentships have been awarded to leading research groups for projects covering all of the 3Rs. Advertising for suitable candidates will begin in early 2012.

The Studentship Scheme was introduced to embed the 3Rs in the training of early career scientists from a broad range of research backgrounds.

The 2011 awards are as follows (in alphabetical order):

  • Professor Sue Barnett, University of Glasgow. The development of an in vitro model of spinal cord injury to study aligned neurite outgrowth. 36 Months
  • Professor Timothy Barraclough, Imperial College London. In vitro and in silico models of gut bacterial diversity and its impacts on human health. 48 Months
  • Professor Mark Dunne, University of Manchester. Reducing animal dependency in diabetes research through pancreatic stem cells. 36 Months
  • Professor Chris Elliott, Queen's University Belfast. Development of non-radioactive labels for a receptor binding assay for paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxin testing. 36 Months
  • Dr Amir Ghaemmaghami, University of Nottingham. Construction of a miniaturised human lymph node model as an alternative to the Local Lymph Node Assay. 48 Months
  • Dr Robert A Harrison, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Refining, reducing and replacing in vivo WHO-standard preclinical assays of snake venom pathology and antivenom efficacy. 36 Months
  • Dr Petros Ligoxygakis, University of Oxford. A Drosophila model of Candida albicans gastrointestinal infection. 48 Months 
  • Dr Kevin Murphy, Imperial College London. Developing a novel model to assess the specificity of appetite-reducing agents. 36 Months
  • Dr Istvan Nagy, Imperial College London. Improving the principles of the 3Rs through new integrative metabolomic and gene expression resources for signalling studies in burn injuries. 36 Months
  • Dr Wendy Noble, King's College London. Characterisation and validation of an organotypic slice culture model of Alzheimer's disease. 36 Months
  • Professor Richard OC Oreffo, University of Southampton. Bone healing and regeneration in an ex vivo bioreactor evaluation of angiogenesis and reparation for clinical application. 48 Months
  • Dr Catherine Pears, University of Oxford. Development of a non-animal model for characterizing drug-resistant tumours. 36 Months
  • Professor Alex Thiele, Newcastle University. Refinement of the use of fluid control as a motivational tool for non-human primates in neuroscience research. 48 Months
  • Dr John Ward, Loughborough University. Combinatorial mathematical modelling and novel toxicological profiling of drug-induced hepatotoxicity. 48 Months
  • Dr Helen Wheadon, University of Glasgow. Using induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) as a replacement for in vivo models to screen novel therapies which target self-renewal pathways in chronic myeloid leukaemia. 48 Months

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