Fifteen medical academics and research scientists have been awarded a total of £500,000 at this year’s prestigious BMA Foundation for Medical Research Awards.
The BMA was one of the first professional bodies to award grants and prizes, with the aim of encouraging and furthering medical research. These will fund basic and clinical medical research, covering a diverse range of research areas including pain treatment, arthritis,cancer and schizophrenia.
Commenting on the awards, Dr Mark Porter, BMA council chair and chair of the foundation trustees said:
“The work of the BMA Foundation continues to be a success, and each year we fund important, innovative projects to advance medical research. With research funding budgets constrained, we want to support and encourage the medical profession in pursuing high-quality research projects that deliver important improvements in patient care.”
The BMA Foundation for Medical Research Awards has had a significant impact on the professional development of grant winners, with 96 per cent of previous winning researchers saying that being awarded the grant contributed to their future research.
Among this year’s award winners is Professor Peter Bradding from the University of Leicester who was awarded the James Trust grant of £59,039 for advances into the treatment of asthma.
Commenting on the award, Professor Bradding said: “This research could make a real difference to the five million people in the UK who suffer asthma. Ten per cent of those patients find their asthma is poorly controlled by current treatments, meaning new approaches are much needed. The research funded by this grant has the potential to lead to new treatments asthma within 10 years which I hope will deliver direct benefits to patients.”
Other award winners include Dr Jeremy Howick and Prof Paul Nicholas Aveyard from the University of Oxford who were awarded the Dawkins & Strutt grant of almost £60,000 to support pioneering research into pain treatment, and Dr Cristina Renzi, from University College London, who will use her grant of £49,978 for research into early diagnosis of cancer.
Notes to Editors
The British Medical Association (BMA) is the professional association and registered trade union for doctors in the United Kingdom.
1. This year’s awards were presented by BMA President, Professor Pali Hungin. Reverend Richard Coles was the after dinner speaker.
2. For a full list of winners, please click here. Photos of the awards are available on request.
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