Since 2011, C2D2 has awarded £1,537,141 in funding to fifty-six new research, translational and outreach projects across twenty-two departments. These projects all share the central goal of improving the welfare of patients and the wider public, whether by improving our understanding of a particular disease or disorder and its contexts, by looking at ways of optimising the delivery of health services, and/or by promoting new therapies and disease prevention methods.
A wide range of chronic diseases and disorders are encompassed in this funded research but a number of particular areas stand out including neurological and mental health disorders, chronic infections, cancers and chronic wounds as well as the investigation of common disease processes. These areas have been approached from a whole spectrum of disciplinary angles - from molecular biology and biochemistry to history and sociology - and investigations have benefited from the deployment of a number of state-of-the-art in-house technologies, including fMRI, genomic sequencing, advanced computer simulations and low temperature plasmas.
More than half of the funded projects represent exciting new collaborations between researchers in different departments. Funding has increasingly equalised across the faculty areas, with a more than two-fold increase, from 23% in the first year of funding to over 50% by the second year, in the number of participants from outside the Sciences. In the most recent round of funding 60% of the funded projects had participants from more than one faculty area.
Around sixty-six external collaborations are represented, including with other universities, NHS Trusts, other health organisations, medical charities, arts bodies and pharma companies, of which approximately forty are new collaborations.
The money awarded in years 1 & 2 has to date leveraged in external funding more than eight times the original investment. Articles have been published in a range of high impact journals, including PNAS, Human Molecular Genetics and Sociology of Health and Illness and some of the research is already influencing policy and practice. Much of the research is also reaching an international audience and several new international partnerships have been initiated through the funding.
In September 2013 the Centre held its first Conference to celebrate the achievements from the research and other activities sponsored so far.
Research Facilities which are beneficiaries of C2D2 funding