Science for Health
13 June 2012
Wellcome Trust Investigator Awards provide funding for scientists who have an excellent track record and are in an established academic post. They offer flexibility and time to tackle the most important questions in their field. The Trust has announced the latest recipients of its New and Senior Investigator Awards, given to outstanding researchers asking the most challenging research questions in biomedicine. James Briscoe, from the Division of Developmental Biology, and Victor Tybulewicz, from the Division of Immune Cell Biology, have been given Senior Investigator awards.
Victor Tybulewicz's award is a Joint Senior Investigator Award with Elizabeth Fisher (UCL Institute of Neurology) for a project to find the genes on human chromosome 21 that need to be in three copies to cause specific Down Syndrome phenotypes. The work will focus on the aspects of Down Syndrome that are the most significant clinically: learning and memory deficits, neurodegeneration and congenital heart defects.
James Briscoe's award is also a Joint Senior Investigator Award, with Karen Page (UCL Department of Mathematics), for a project to understand the embryonic development of the vertebrate spinal cord. The work will develop mathematical models of the developing spinal cord based on embryonic data and use these models to guide experiments aimed at finding the principles behind the organisation of the different nerve cells in the spinal cord.
I was delighted (although not surprised) to hear that James and Victor have been awarded Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Awards. It's great news for them and for NIMR, and really well-deserved.
Jim Smith, NIMR DIrector
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