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Professor Dimitri Kullmann recognised for his outstanding research

2 June 2011

The Wellcome Trust today announced the first recipients of its Investigator Awards, £56 million worth of funding for exceptional researchers addressing the most important questions about health and disease, and we are delighted be able to congratulate Professor Dimitri Kullmann, Head of the Department of Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy who is amongst four UCL Scientists to receive one these prestigious awards.

Sir Mark Walport, Director of the Wellcome Trust, says: "The Wellcome Trust Investigators, together with our existing Fellowship holders, represent some of the very brightest minds in biomedical science. They are seeking answers to challenging research questions that could potentially transform our understanding of the mechanisms of health and disease.

"We are demonstrating our confidence in these outstanding individuals by providing longer-term, flexible funding; in return, we expect that they will make significant advances in knowledge in their field and act as ambassadors within the research community, helping us achieve our aim of improving human and animal health."

Congratulating Professor Kullmann; Professor Alan Thompson, Director of the Institute and Transitional Dean, UCL Faculty of Biomedical Sciences said " It is wonderful to see Dimitri, his work and particularly his plans  for the future recognised in this way. "

"The Wellcome Trust's  new  approach to research funding is unbelievably competitive and something  of an unknown quantity and it is encouraging to see that four of the five UCL candidates short-listed for awards, were successful. It will be very important that many others follow suit in subsequent rounds such that we build up a large cadre of New and Senior Investigators  here at IoN and across UCL neuroscience"

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