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“The highlight of our year was the visit of our Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, on 2 July 2015, when she viewed posters prepared by our researchers and scholars and met members of the Local and National Committees as well as local dignitaries and contributors.”

Tenovus Scotland Grampian is proud to continue to fund young researchers and innovative pilot studies in our three local Universities (Aberdeen University, Robert Gordon University and the University of the Highlands and Islands), in both laboratory and clinical disciplines. We remain deeply grateful to those who have been generous enough to bequeath and donate monies to us to support this crucial work and to enable us to fund our PhD scholars.

Applications received and Project reports

The single annual cycle of research funding commenced again in September 2015 with a view to awards being granted for research projects to start in March 2016. A total of 18 applications were reviewed by the Local Scientific Advisory Committee, of which ten were forwarded to the National Scientific Advisory Committee (NSAC). The NSAC ranking led to funding being offered for eight projects; four of these particularly fulfilled the preferences of the Lily Charlton Bequest, which amounted to nearly £40,000, the others being supported from the Regional Committee funds.

The John Shivas Memorial Trust has permitted Tenovus Grampian to fund a HRH Princess Royal Medical Research Scholarship over four years, to commence in October 2016; applications have been scrutinized and four candidates have been interviewed.

Interim and final reports have been received in 2015/2016 and our three Moulton Barrett PhD scholars continue to give interim presentations, in turn, at the Grampian Committee quarterly meetings.

Income generation and events

We had another very successful Lawyers’ Continuing Professional Development Evening at the Royal Northern and University Club in January when Professor Roddy Paisley, Professor in Scots Law at Aberdeen University, delivered an entertaining and engaging educational talk, to a capacity gathering, relating to legislation
surrounding death and inheritance.

Our financial status has permitted us to continue to finance our PhD scholars and a variety of attractive projects as outlined above. The diverse nature of the projects funded by Tenovus Grampian is gratifying. These include research into cancer, cardiovascular and neurodegenerative disease.

We maintain a close and effective relationship with the Research and Development and Finance Departments of all the Universities which has facilitated improvements in rigorous tracking and appropriate payment of funds, and we are contributing to the unified application process being developed by the National Committee.

A local fundraiser to enhance our committee is hoped to be recruited in the forthcoming year. The highlight of our year was the visit of our Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, on 2 July 2015, when she viewed posters prepared by our researchers and scholars and met Members of the Local and National Committees as well as local dignitaries and contributors, prior to opening a new wing of Robert Gordon University.

Committee and Thanks

The last year has seen the retirement of our Vice Chair, Mr Erland Flett. He has been replaced on the Committee by Mr Forbes McLennan, a prominent Aberdeen solicitor. Professor Cherry Wainwright has been elected as the new Vice Chair. The Chair wishes to express his considerable gratitude to the Hon. Secretary, Hon. Treasurer and other members of the Committee for their tireless efforts on behalf of Tenovus Grampian and Tenovus Scotland. We have been ably assisted by Ms Marilene Walker over this last
year with the administration of our funded research projects.

Professor Jamie Grieve, Chairman

Grampian Committee

AS AT 31 MARCH 2016

Professor J Grieve

Professor Cherry Wainwright

Mr D Fraser

Mr G Benvie, Professor B Connolly, Dr S Duncan, Mr F McLellan, Mr A Marshall, Professor J Maxwell

Dr S Duncan, Professor J Grieve, Professor J Maxwell

Pilot Projects 2015/16 (Grants up to £15,000)

Dr Gemma Barron A cell study to determine the effect of Scottish plant extracts on drug transport: can the failure of cancer drugs be overcome?

Dr Dawn Thompson A potential new drug target for resolving sepsis

Dr Tim Smith Treatment of colorectal cancer using cancer-homing radioactive molecules

Dr Frank Ward IL-33 expression in lung lining cells as a potential biomarker for asthma

Dr Gabriella Baio To study the role of serotonin in breast cancer by PET/CT imaging

Dr Wenlong Huang Combining silk biomaterial, omega-3 fatty acid, and electric stimulation to repair spinal cord injury

Dr James Hislop Manipulation of cAMP signals to reduce vascular restenosis

Professor Gernot Riedel The role of immune responses in the pathology of Parkinson's disease

Moulton-Barrett Research PhD Scholarship

Grampian have funded three scholarships

MSantoroMatteo Santoro
Commenced a four year research PhD Scholarship in October 2013 at the University of Aberdeen.

“First of all I want to express my gratitude to Tenovus Scotland. After completing my undergraduate studies, I was looking for a meaningful opportunity which would enable me to be actively involved in biomedical research. The Tenovus Scotland Moulton Barrett Studentship created this opportunity for more knowledge around Parkinson’s disease. Being able to undertake my PhD studies is a great achievement for me personally and, at the same time, it is a challenge. Looking ahead, I am aware that a long and not necessarily smooth way lies ahead of me but I am eager and willing to take up this challenge.”

Matteo Santoro, Moulton-Barrett Research PhD Scholarship University of Aberdeen

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