Grants Policy

Information on our Grants Policy is contained in the following documents:

  1. Research Strategy
  2. Scientific Advisory Committee Constitution
  3. Conflict of Interest Policy
  4. Use of Animals in Research
Wessex Medical Trust is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC). All AMRC members support the AMRC policy on the use of animals in research which can be found at  http://www.amrc.org.uk/position-statement-on-the-use-of-animals-in-research

Current Grant Offers

There are currently no grants being offered.  An invitation to apply for PhD studentships (as supervisor) for commencement in October 2025 is expected to be posted in early July 2024.

Recent Grants Awarded

2024

Dr Matthew Blunt  (supervisor)  £110,000

Faculty of Medicine

PhD studentship 

Spatial Transcriptomic Analysis of Immune Cell: Cancer Cell interactions in a 3D Lymph Node Model.

Dr Tim Fenton  (supervisor)  £59,880

Faculty of Medicine

PhD studentship jointly funded with the Centre for Cancer Immunology

Establishing 3D culture model systems to study how inflammation subverts control of cell fate during carcinogenesis.

Dr Emily Gwyer Findlay  (supervisor)  £53,988

Faculty of the Environment and Life Sciences

PhD studentship jointly funded with Rosetrees Trust

Investigating human T cell development in lymph nodes.

Professor Mark Young (supervisor) £47,014

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

PhD studentship jointly funded with a Tizard studentship

Fatigue risk management in healthcare: a wake-up call.

Dr Triana Amen  £18,124

Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences

Innovation Grant

Molecular regulation of peroxisome formation and function in Peroxisome Biogenesis Disorders.

Dr Giorgia Chiodin  £18,000

Faculty of Medicine

Innovation Grant

Investigating the consequences of immunoglobulin variable region N-glycosylation in Burkitt lymphone (BL).

Dr Ben Gaastra  £20,000

Faculty of Medicine

Innovation Grant

The sphingosine-1-phosphate signalling pathway and ourcome after aneurysmal subarachnoid heamorrhage.

Dr Carmen Jacob  £20,000

Faculty of Medicine

Innovation Grant

Haemolysis in Multiple Sclerosis (HIMS) pilot study.

Dr Swati Midha  £19,981

Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences

Innovation Grant

Exploitation of humanised in vitro models towards the stratification of mechanical loading in female Osteoarthritis.

Dr Bonnie Ng  £19,973

Faculty of Medicine

Innovation Grant

Using single cell RNA sequencing and proteomics to uncover novel immunotherapeutic targets for implantation disorders.

2023

Dr Jane Cleal  (supervisor)  £50,000

Faculty of Medicine

PhD studentship jointly funded with Rosetrees Trust

Can endometrial gland structure and function help us understand why some women are more at risk of miscarriage than others?

Dr Jane Gibson  (supervisor)  £55,000

Faculty of Medicine

PhD studentship jointly funded with the Centre for Cancer Immunology

Investigating the genomic structure, regulation and function of the low affinity FCGR cluster to improve cancer immunotherapy

Professor Jonathan Swann  (supervisor)  £110,000

Faculty of Medicine

PhD studentship

Calculating neonatal biochemical age at the bedside to transform paediatric nutrition.

Dr Ella Baker     £15,100

Faculty of Medicine

Innovation Grant

Understanding the anti-inflammatory actions of pinolenic acid, a sustainable alternative to EPA and DHA.

Dr George Williams   £19,984

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Innovation Grant

Polymer conjugates for advanced imaging and drug delivery to study and treat pancreatic ductal adenocarcenoma.

Dr Colleen Deane     £19,600

Faculty of Medicine

Innovation Grant

Using metabolomics to uncover novel biological markers of, and targeted nutritional interventions to offset, age-related musculoskeletal decline.

Dr Jodie Ackland     £19,878

Faculty of Medicine

Innovation Grant

Using triple RNASeq to investigate macrophage-bacterial-viral interactions during co-infection

Dr Ysobel Baker     £19,785

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Innovation Grant

A new class of RNA degrading therapeutic oligonucleotides

2022

Dr Juliet Gray (supervisor)  £55,000

Faculty of Medicine

PhD Studentship jointly funded with the Centre for Cancer Immunology

Enhancing anti-GD2 chemo-immunotherapy in pre-clinical neuroblastoma models.

Professor Karen Lillycrop (supervisor) £31,386

Faculty of the Environment and Life Sciences

PhD Studensthip jointly funded with Rosetrees Trust

Identifying the causes of muscle stem cell aging and novel therapeutics strategies

Dr Yury Bogdanov  (supervisor)  £55,000

Faculty of Medicine

PhD Studentship jointly funded with the Centre for Cancer Immunology

Deciphering the role of GABAergic signalling in tumour vascularization.

Dr Niall Hanrahan     £17,917

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Innovation Grant

Raman-on-a-chip for label-free and culture-free identification of VBNCs

Dr Jade Forster     £19,943

Faculty of Medicine

Innovation Grant

Identifying the underlying molecular mechanisms and alterations of the high-risk neuroblastoma tumour microenvironment in TH-MYCN mice treated with anti-GD2 antibody therapy.

Dr Andrew Shapanis    £19,900

Faculty of the Environment and Life Sciences

Innovation Grant

Development and optimisation of a serum based early cancer diagnostic system.

2021

Dr Zöe Walters (supervisor) £50,000

Faculty of Medicine

PhD Studentship jointly funded with Rosetrees Trust

Investigating the therapeutic efficacy of EZH2 inhibitors for the treatment of diseases with pathogenic histone modifying enzyme mutations.

2020

Dr Edd James (supervisor) £50,000  

Faculty of Medicine

PhD Studentship jointly funded with the Centre for Cancer Immunology Talent Fund

Understanding the relationship between the breadth of the anti–cancer CD8 T cell response and successful immunotherapy.

Dr Rob Ewing (supervisor) £40,228

Faculty of the Environmental & Life Sciences

PhD Studentship jointly funded with Rosetrees Trust

Understanding the molecular mechanisms of Zika virus – driven oncolysis of brain tumour stem cells

2019

Dr Ali Roghanian (supervisor) £98,473
Faculty of Medicine

PhD Studentship

The role of FcgRIIb in alpha-synuclein toxicity and propagation through the brain in Parkinson’s Disease