Centre for Future Health makes first set of funding awards

A total of £256,343 has been awarded to thirteen new projects across eleven departments spanning all three faculties. Details of the individual projects are listed below.

The standard of applications was high with many more received than could be supported. The awarded projects range from supporting research into identifying disease mechanisms and potential new drug targets through to fostering knowledge exchange with external partners across the globe from academia to industry to charities and NGOs. A further funding round is planned for the autumn.

Centre for Future Health Director Alex Wade said: ‘I am very pleased with the response to our first funding call; it was inspiring to read so many varied and innovative proposals’.

Project leadProject titleDepartments involved
Jon Timmis A New Approach for Understanding the Impact Uncertain Factors Have in Using Computer Simulation Predictions in Biological Research and Therapeutic Discovery Computer Science
Helena Daffern SINGSVR: Simulating Inclusive Natural Group Singing in VR Electronic Engineering, Environment 
Christopher Crispin-Bailey Demonstrating the Viability of Analytics for Unsupervised Healthcare Data Collection Computer Science 
Kate Pickett  Workshop to develop research proposals related to sustainable wellbeing and the UN Sustainable Development Goals  Health Sciences, TFTV, Environment, Biology
Najma Siddiqi  Addressing mental & physical health comorbidity in Low and Middle Income Countries in South Asia: establishing the York Mental and Physical Comorbidity Global Health Research Group  Health Sciences, CHE, CRD 
Lorna Fraser  Specialist Paediatric Palliative Care Input for Children with Malignancies Health Sciences, SPRU 
Gonzalo Blanco  Validation of preclinical models of ZAK-linked myopathy Biology 
William Brackenbury  Probing the role of ion channels in microglial activation using in vivo models  Biology, HYMS 
Sangeeta Chawla  Development of an automated device to monitor circadian changes in vision  Biology
Dimitris Lagos  The role of long non-coding RNA in infectious, inflammatory, and vascular diseases  Biology, HYMS 
Simon Duckett   Measuring functional magnetic resonance signals in rodents Chemistry 
Ian Fairlamb  Pharmaceutical Optimisation using a Laboratory Automated Reaction Intelligent System (POLARIS)  Chemistry 
Rachel Churchill Cochrane Global Mental Health: Mapping existing mental health evidence and knowledge mobilisation for people in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) CRD