Royal Society of Edinburgh grants for nine Strathclyde researchers

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Nine researchers at the University of Strathclyde, in fields including health, history and social policy, have received grants from the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE).

The projects at Strathclyde make up a fifth of the 46 to benefit from the latest round of the RSE Research Awards Programme.

They have received £161,798 between them, from a total of £689,723.

The successful researchers, and their projects, are:

  • Dr Shiao Chow, Pure & Applied Chemistry – Programmable catalysts for cancer detection (small research grant)
  • Professor Jennifer Davidson, Executive Director, Institute for Inspiring Children’s Futures – Research network on children’s human rights: mobilising expertise from research, policy and practice (RSE Research Network – jointly with researchers at the University of Edinburgh)
  • Dr Laura Kelly, Humanities – Anti-abortion activism in the Republic of Ireland c.1972-1992 (RSE Personal Research Fellowship)
  • Dr Fiona Murphy, Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences – Developing a novel, physiologically-relevant in vitro model of mesothelioma for improved predictivity of patient tumour response (small research grant)
  • Dr Karla Neves, Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences – Cardiovascular effects of the anti-cancer combination therapy with VEGF inhibitors and immune checkpoint inhibitors (small research grant)
  • Professor Matthew Smith, Humanities – Crystal clear: water and mental health in British spas and asylums, c.1750-2000 (small research grant)
  • Dr Stephanie Switzer, Law – Equity, the pandemic treaty and pathogen sharing (RSE research workshop, jointly with Dr Mark Eccleston-Turner, Kings College London)
  • Professor Yvette Taylor, Education – Queer futures: alternative models for social justice (RSE Personal Research Fellowship)
  • Dr Karine Varley, Humanities – Moralising violence: the Franco-British bombing of France in World War Two (small research grant).

Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Strathclyde, said: “I am delighted to see so many successful applicants from Strathclyde receiving this RSE funding; such awards demonstrate the impact of our research.

“The chosen projects cover a vast spectrum of research, in a broad range of disciplines. They reflect our mission of addressing the world’s most urgent challenges, to the benefit of the communities we serve and wider society.”

Professor Charles Withers, RSE’s Research Awards Convener, said: “The RSE’s Research Awards Programme is vital to support the outstanding talent in Scotland’s vibrant research community.

“The innovative work of these awardees in advancing knowledge, tackling global challenges and providing new ways of thinking will provide significant benefits to society and to our economy. On behalf of the RSE, I offer my congratulations to each and every recipient, and wish them success in their research.”

Dr Murphy’s award is her second RSE success this year. She also recently received a grant from the Society’s SAPHIRE (Scotland Asia Partnerships Higher Education Research) Fund, for research with partners at Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea.