Awards

julie daniels

Professor Julie Daniels named Fellow of the Society of Biology

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Professor Julie Daniels awarded MRC Translational Stem Cell Research Programme grant for her project "Proof of concept for Real Architecture for 3D Tissues in the cornea"
This project and future clinical ocular surface studies will pave the way for the development of a new treatment for corneal surface disease.

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Professor Peng KhawProfessor Pete Coffey Queen’s Anniversary Prize presented to UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

Professor Phil Luthert, Director of the Institute, and Professors Peng Khaw and Pete Coffey, two of its leading researchers received, on behalf of the Institute, the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education presented by Her Majesty The Queen, with HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, at Buckingham Palace on 19th February 2012.
The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes are the UK’s highest form of national recognition open to UK academic or vocational institutions.
james bainbridge

UCL Professor James Bainbridge, among eight of the UK’s most promising leaders in medical health research, to be awarded a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) professorship.

The £1.5m funding will help translate scientific discoveries into new treatments for the benefit of people with blinding eye disease.

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William Richardson Professor William David Richardson awarded an European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Investigator Award for his project "Axoglial synapses, adult myelination and motor skills learning"
Professor Pete Coffey

Professor Pete Coffey named recipient of inaugural NYSCF-Robertson Prize in stem cell research

UCL Professor Pete Coffey has been awarded the inaugural NYSCF-Robertson Prize in recognition of his pioneering work in the use of human embryonic stem cells for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration.

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Professor John Hardy

Professor John Hardy receives IFRAD 2011 European Grand Prize for Alzheimer's Research

UCL Professor John Hardy has been awarded the IFRAD 2011 European Grand Prize for Alzheimer's Research in recognition of his pioneering work in identifying the biological cascade of Alzheimer's disease.

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Professor Martin Birchall

Prof. Martin Birchall receives a Disease Team Therapy Development Planning Award from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the state stem cell agency created by proposition 71, approved funding $1.8 million to support 19 researchers, including Prof. Martin Birchall, in their effort to assemble competitive teams to develop applications for the Disease Team Therapy Development Awards, which will be due in winter 2012.

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ERC logo Dr. Steen Ooi awarded European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant for his project "How does the X chromosome regulate DNA methylation in pluripotent stem cells" to be developed at the UCL Cancer Institute.  
Jan Laufer UCL Dr. Jan Laufer awarded European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant for his project "Molecular photoacoustic imaging of stem-cell driven tissue regeneration" to be developed at Charite - Universitaetsmedizin, Berlin, Germany.
Professor John Hardy Professor John Hardy receives the 2011 Khalid Iqbal Lifetime Achievement Award in Alzheimer’s Disease Research

The Lifetime Achievement Award, given at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease (AAICAD) 2011 in Paris, France, is awarded to outstanding scientists who have dedicated themselves to helping millions around the world through their research.

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Professor Peng Khaw Professor Peng Khaw named president-elect of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

Professor Peng Khaw, director of research and development at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, has been named president-elect by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.

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Dr Patrizia Ferretti Dr Patrizia Ferretti awarded a grant from the Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children for her project "Stem cell sources for the repair of craniofacial birth defects".
Dr Paul Winyard Dr Paul Winyard awarded a Kids Kidney Research Grant for his project "Human amniotic fluid cells novel potential renal progenitors".
Dr Steven Howe Dr Steven Howe awarded a BBSRC grant for his project "Investigation into factors controlling the efficacy of integration deficient lentiviral vectors for gene delivery".
Martin Birchall Professor Martin Birchall awarded MRC Translational Stem Cell Programme grant for his project "RegenVox - Stem-cell based, tissue-engineered laryngeal replacement"

The RegenVox -Stem-cell based, tissue-engineered laryngeal replacement project is a multidisciplinary team effort led by Prof. Martin Birchall with Dr. Mark Lowdell, Prof. Alex Seifalian, Dr. Sam Janes, Prof. Chris Mason and Prof. Paolo Macchiarini.  The overarching aims of this project are to optimise laryngeal cell and scaffold production prior to performing the preclinical studies necessary for clinical trials in patients with structural laryngeal disorders.
Prof Goldberg Dr Andrew Julian Goldberg appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to medicine

Dr Goldberg has been recognised in the 2011 New Year’s Honours. Dr. Goldberg is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Trauma & Orthopaedics at UCL and an Honorary Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust in Stanmore. He is also the founder of Medical Futures, a medical innovation organisation that helps inventors and entrepreneurs turn their ideas into businesses. 
Dr Rishma Shah

Dr Rishma Shah, UCL Eastman Dental Institute, awarded fellowship from Royal College of Surgeons of England

Dr  Rishma Shah, Clinical Lecturer at UCL Eastman Dental Institute and Hospital, has been awarded a 2010 Faculty of Dental Surgery Research Fellowship to support her research into facial muscle tissue, as part of ongoing work to help patients with facial deformity. The award was given to Dr Shah for her project: "The Creation of Bony Attachments for Engineered Craniofacial Muscle Constructs"

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Prof Peter Coffey Professor Pete Coffey receives Research Leadership Award from California Institute for Regenerative Medicine

This $4.8 million award over six years will fund Prof. Coffey’s groundbreaking research maturing embryonic stem cells into retinal pigment epithelial cells to treat macular degeneration and other forms of vision loss such as diabetic retinopathy and retinitis pigmentosa.

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Dr Patrick Lewis Dr Patrick Lewis awarded Parkinson's UK Career Development Fellowship

Dr Patrick Lewis has been awarded a Parkinson's UK career development fellowship to study the molecular impact of mutations in LRRK2, which constitute the most common genetic cause of Parkinson's disease.
Prof Stephan Beck Professor Stephan Beck awarded prestigious Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award

Professor Stephan Beck was awarded the prestigious Royal Society Wolfson Research Award for his work on the development of an integrated (epi)genomic approach to common disease.

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Dr Mark Lythgoe Dr Mark Lythgoe awarded the Davies Medal from The Royal Photographic Society

Dr. Mark Lythgoe has been awarded the Davies Medal from The Royal Photographic Society for significant contribution to the field of Imaging Science. The award will be presented at the Royal Society in September 2010.
Graduation 2010 Dr Marilena Loizidou and Professor Barry Fuller winners of the annual Excellence in Medical Education Awards

Dr. Marilena Loizidou and Prof. Barry Fuller received the annual Excellence in Medical Education Team Award for Intercalated BSc in Surgical Sciences Team.  The award was presented at the Graduation Ceremony held on 6 July 2010

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Prof Amit Nathwani Dr Amit Nathwani awarded NIHR Programme Grant in Molecular and Tissue Engineering

Dr. Amit Nathwani has been awarded an NIHR Programme Grant to explore production of a new generation of tissue products using a combination of tissue frameworks and patient stem cells, as well as the potential of stem cells to generate cell types other than blood, and thus be used to repair damaged tissues and organs.
Prof Gabriel Aeppli Professor Gabriel Aeppli elected Fellow of the Royal Society

Gabriel Aeppli is Quain Professor of Physics (UCL Physics and Astronomy) and Director of the London Centre for Nanotechnology, a joint venture between UCL and Imperial College London.  He join the ranks of the UK and Commonwealth’s leading scientists as the Royal Society celebrates its 350th Anniversary.

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Prof Jonathan Knowles Professor Jonathan Knowles awarded the 2010 UKSB Biocompatibles Prize

The Biocompatibles Endowed Award was established by Professor Dennis Chapman, from a generous endowment from Biocompatibles Ltd. The award recognizes a significant contribution to Biomaterials Science with particular emphasis on the clinical and/or industrial application of the recipients work. Professor Knowles will deliver the Biocompatibles Prize Lecture  at the UKSB Conference on 1- 2 July in Glasgow.
Dr Maria Retzepi Dr Maria Retzepi awarded the André Schroeder Research Prize

Dr Maria Retzepi received the André Schroeder Research Prize at the World Symposium of the International Team for Implantology in Geneva, Switzerland, for her work on "The Effect of Experimental Diabetes on Guided Bone Regeneration" done in collaboration with Dr. Ivan Wall (UCL Biochemical Engineering) and Professor Nikos Donos (UCL Eastman Dental Institute).

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Martin Birchall Prof William Richardson Professors Martin Birchall and William Richardson elected Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences

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Dr Patrick Lewis Dr. Patrick Lewis awarded grant by Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research as part of major international collaborative research

The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) for Parkinson's Research has awarded a $624,790 grant to Dr Patrick Lewis for his work contributing to a potential new treatment approach for Parkinson's disease.  This grant is part of a total 3.5 million dollars to fund nine research studies aiming to advance understanding of the LRRK2 gene, a promising therapeutic target for Parkinson’s disease. Using a multipronged approach that includes collaboration between the research teams, the funded projects will help accelerate LRRK2 therapeutic development efforts.

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Dr Julie Daniels Prof. David Abraham Dr. Julie Daniels and Professor David Abraham awarded Fight for Sight grant to study conjunctival scarring

Excessive scarring (fibrosis) is a common feature of eye conditions including trachoma and injury caused by chemicals. However, to date, there have been few studies looking at controlling this scarring in the eye. The purpose of this project led by Dr. Julie Daniels and Prof. David Abraham is to identify the key molecules that promote the scarring process with the aim of developing a therapy that prevents this process.

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Prof Salvador Moncada Professor Salvador Moncada knighted in New Year’s Honours

Professor Moncada, who was recognised for his services to science, is the highest cited scientist in the UK, having made major contributions in three areas of cardiovascular pharmacology.

Professor Moncada is a Member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Royal College of Physicians and an Honorary Fellow of UCL. He has played a key role within UCL’s Faculty of Biomedical Sciences, both as Director of the Wolfson Institute and in developing research strategy as Vice-Dean (Research).

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Dr Julie Daniels Dr. Julie Daniels awarded Fight for Sight grant to investigate the use of cells taken from the mouth (oral mucosal epithelial cells) for therapeutic transplantation for corneal disease

It is hoped that this project will lead to the development of a new cell therapy to treat diseases of the cornea – the transparent film on the front surface of the eye that is essential for vision. This research has been co-funded by Fight for Sight together with the Special Trustees of Moorfields Eye Hospital and the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre for Ophthalmology at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

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Prof David Atwell Professor David Attwell awarded Advanced Grant by the European Research Council for his project "BRAINPOWER: Brain energy supply and the consequences of its failure"

This project will study how the brain uses and regulates its energy supply.

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Prof Claudio Stern Professor Claudio Stern awarded Advanced Grant by the European Research Council for his project "GEMELLI: Gene networks controlling embryonic polarity, regulation and twinning"

Using a multidisciplinary approach involving comparative genomics, bioinformatics, experimental embryology and genetics, the project will uncover the gene regulatory network responsible for how the embryo determines its head-tail polarity and the mecahnisms that normally prevent the formation of conjoined (‘Siamese’) and monozygotic (identical) twins in humans and higher vertebrates.

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Prof Seifalian Professor Alexander Seifalian received the Business Innovation Award in Life Sciences and Healthcare in the field of nano and emerging technologies

This award was in recognition of the development of a revolutinary polymer material which has potential for wide biomedical applications including heart valve substitutes and coronary artery bypass grafts.

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Prof Peter Coffey Professor Pete Coffey awarded California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) and UK Medical Research Council (MRC) Disease Team Award to accelerate the pace of bringing stem cell therapy for age-related macular degeneration to the clinic.

CIRM President Alan Trounson said: "Scientists have talked for years about the need to find ways to speed the pace of discovery. By encouraging applicants to form teams composed of the best researchers from around the world we think CIRM will set a new standard for how translational research should be funded."

Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council: "The partnerships that have been established between the UK and CIRM have brought us closer to delivering the promise of stem cell treatments for debilitating conditions. We hope these projects will accelerate treatments to early clinical trials, eventually leading to a direct benefit for people suffering from age-related macular degeneration, which up until now has been regarded as incurable."

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Prof Claudio Stern Prof Claudio Stern elected President of the International Society for Developmental Biology for 2009-2013

Prof Claudio Stern, Chairman of the UCL Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, was elected President of the International Society for Developmental Biology (ISDB) for 2009-2013. The ISDB is a Federation of the developmental biology societies around the world, and its mission is to promote communication between the thousands of scientists working in this discipline across the world by a number of different mechanisms including helping the establishment of new societies and supporting those that already exist (especially in developing countries), organising conferences of which the most important one is the world congress held every four years.
Dr David Choi

Dr. David Choi awarded prestigious European Research Council Starting Grant

David Choi (UCL Institute of Neurology) received €1.6 million for a four-year project, which aims to use unique cells from the nose, called olfactory ensheathing cells, in patients who have had an injury to the nerves connecting the spinal cord to the arm. He explains: “At the moment, these injuries are associated with permanent severe pain and paralysis of the arm. Transplantation of these cells in experimental models has shown improvements in function, and we aim to study these effects now in patients.”

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Dr Jong

Dr Simcha Jong wins Innovation Research Initiative award

Dr Simcha Jong has won an award for his project "New modes of innovation:Towards a science-based R&D paradigm".  The award was made in the context of the government's Innovation Research Initiative, a joint initiative bythe Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA), the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

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Prof Seifalian

Prof Alexander Seifalian awarded Wellcome Trust grant to develop a synthetic artery

Professor Alexander Seifalian has been awarded a Wellcome Trust grant to develop a synthetic artery that could revolutionise the treatment ofcoronary heart disease.

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Prof Michael Freeman

Prof Michael Freeman elected Fellow of the British Academy

Professor Michael Freeman an expert in the rights of children and inmedical ethics, particularly in relation to medically assisted reproduction and the ethics of public health, has been elected Fellow of the British Academy.

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Prof Steve Wilson

Prof Stephen Wilson awarded 2009 Remedios Caro Almela Prize in Developmental Neurobiology

2009 Remedios Caro Almela Prize in Developmental Neurobiology awarded to Professor Stephen Wilson for his team’s work on the development of the zebrafish brain

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Prof Peter Coffey Prof Peter Coffey honoured with 2009 Vision Award by Retinitis Pigmentosa International

The Vision Awards issued by Retinitis Pigmentosa International since 1972 honour pioneering visionaries in medical research, leadership, technology and the arts.

Professor Peter Coffey has been honoured with the 2009 Estelle Doheny Living Tribute Vision Award for his extraordinary accomplishments in medical research which have now begun to reverse blindness.

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Prof Stephan Beck

Prof Stephan Beck ranked in world's top 10 scientists in molecular biology and genetics

Prof Stephan Beck ranked at number seven in the Times Higher Education table of the top 10 scientists in molecular biology and genetics in the world.  He was one of only two UK scientists on the list.

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Prof John Hardy Prof John Hardy elected Fellow of the Royal Society

Prof John Hardy joins the ranks of the Fellows of the Royal Society, in recognition of his exceptional contribution to society.

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See also: John Hardy, most cited researcher on Alzheimer’s disease in UK
Prof Stephan Beck Prof Stephan Beck elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences

Prof Stephan Beck has been recognised for excellence in medical science by his election to the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

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Martin Birchall Prof Martin Birchall awarded 2009 British Medical Association Walter Jobson Horne Prize

The Walter Jobson Horne Prize is awarded annually to a member of the British Medical Association in recognition of work which has advanced the science and practice of laryngology and otology.

This year's prize is awarded to Professor Martin Birchall for his internationally recognised strides in immunological and stem cell research. His substantial Wellcome finding enabled him to set up the UK's first laryngeal transplantation group. The team he leads has published extensively in the area of upper airway immunology. More recently, he has achieved international celebrity status as part of a European team who successfully replaced a young woman's trachea using laboratory cultured airway epithelium. This was the first clinical application of a tissue-engineered airway transplant.

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The tracheal transplant is showcased at the NHS National Innovation Centre
Prof Robin Ali Prof Robin Ali wins Alcon Research Institute Award for his outstanding contribution to advancing eye health

The award was made in recognition of Prof Ali’s work in the development of gene and stem cell therapies for the treatment of retinal disorders.

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Prof Alejandro Madrigal

Prof Alejandro Madrigal elected President of the European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation

The Anthony Nolan Trust’s Scientific Director, Professor Alejandro Madrigal, has been elected President of an international body of excellence in bone marrow transplant research.

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Prof Jeremy Brockes Congratulations to Professor Jeremy Brockes and his team for winning this year's Newcomb Cleveland Prize of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for their work uncovering a new molecular cue that promotes limb regeneration in newts. This AAAS award recognises an outstanding paper published in the Research Article or Reports sections of the journal ‘Science’.

To learn more about Prof Jeremy Brockes' research, read his paper in Science 318: 772-777, 2007

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Dr Mark Lythgoe Congratulations to Dr. Mark Lythgoe for receiving the MRC Capacity Building Studentship Scheme Award which funds targeted PhD courses to help UK research organisations make a significant impact on unmet national needs for advanced biomedical and health research skills. Four PhD studentships per year have been awarded in biological and medical imaging in a programme directed by Dr Mark Lythgoe (UCL Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging) in 2009 and 2010.
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  Congratulations to Professor Arne Akbar, Dr Peter Amlot, and Professor George Janossy for their work on Simulect, a compound developed to prevent the rejection of organs following transplantation. Originally reported in October 2006, the royalties from the project have recently reached £10 million, a significant achievement. The project was supported by UCL Business plc in acquiring funding, and provides a valuable example of a great enterprising success story and collaboration between departments.
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