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“Thanks to the generosity of the Trustees of the Ian Sunter Charitable Trust, £90,000 was made available in June 2015 to support a second HRH Princess Royal Tenovus Scotland Medical Research Scholarship, in the field of oncology.”

The Strathclyde Committee has, as usual, met on four occasions in the past year, continuing to take advantage of the facilities and hospitality of the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland at its offices in Glasgow. While the award of new grant funding was the main focus of two meetings, the others gave some time to discuss fund-raising and even the ethos underpinning the awards being made.

Applications received and Project reports

This has been a busy year with a total of 28 applications for funding received. We have been grateful for the work of our Local Scientific Advisory Committee (LSAC) in assessing all applications and in recommending 10 projects for funding; all 10 funding suggestions were subsequently approved by the National Scientific Committee leading to project support totalling £115,470. Funded projects covered a wide variety of fields, including oncology, cardiology and infectious diseases. The introduction of the e-Tapestry database has allowed the project submission and assessment process to go ‘paperless’, an important step with significant savings in both time and expense.

Thanks to the generosity of the Trustees of the Ian Sunter Charitable Trust, £90,000 was made available in June 2015 to support a second HRH Princess Royal Tenovus Scotland Medical Research Scholarship, in the field of oncology. A rapid recruitment process was put in place with excellent support from LSAC members, and Ms Angela Ianniciello was appointed to undertake a PhD project (supervised by Dr Vignar Helgason) at the University of Glasgow from 1 October 2015.

Interim and final project reports were reviewed at each meeting. While research progress inevitably differs amongst projects, all showed evidence of significant learnings from the work supported by Tenovus, and several investigators paid specific tribute to the impact of funding from Tenovus on their research activities.

Income generation and events


As in the past, the major source of income was donations from Charitable Trusts, which totalled £165,761. In line with many other charities, income from fund-raising events has generally fallen, despite the excellent work of those organising such events, and while continued promotion of events is good for raising the profile of Tenovus, it seems unlikely that such events will again be a major source of income.

Fundraising from corporate sources, even in these times of austerity, may be more fruitful and expert advice is being sought to offer help and support to our volunteer fund-raisers. As ever, the Golf Day at Glenbervie in May was a big success - it is set to be repeated this year!

Committee and Thanks

The Committee extended its grateful thanks to Dr Alistair Beattie, who completed his four-year term as Chair in June 2015. All Committee members have participated with enthusiasm, but I would particularly single out Mrs Sue Ogden, who works tirelessly as Regional Secretary and co-ordinates all the Committee’s activities expertly. Our LSAC members have had a particularly onerous year but have responded magnificently to the demands on their time and expertise, and I have already noted the valuable contribution from the Ian Sunter Charitable Trust and others. All have my sincere thanks.

Professor Kenneth Paterson, Chairman

Strathclyde Committee

AS AT 31 MARCH 2016

Professor K R Paterson

Mr D MacLucas

Mrs T Begg, Mrs G Buchanan, Mr J Drury, Professor A Foulis, Professor D Galloway, Mrs I Lindsay, Mrs J Macanna, Mr I MacDonald, Mrs L Mawson

Dr H Carswell, Professor N Keith, Professor I McInnes,Dr S Lang, Professor S Pyne


Mrs J Macanna

Mrs G Buchanan

Mrs C Donald, Mrs L Mawson, Mrs S Tolmie

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

Dr Niall Simpson Measuring protein flexibility with Two-Dimensional Infrared Spectroscopy: a new perspective on the problem of drug resistance in the treatment of tuberculosis

Ms Janice Spencer Characterizing the bacterial organisms of the gut of mice and hamster to identify those species which protect mice from fatal infection with Clostridium difficile

Dr Susan Chalmers Imaging and treating changes within brain cells during degenerative diseases

Dr Alison Michie A study to identify specific novel factors in blood cancer cells that can influence the development of treatment resistance

Dr Gillian Hunter Characterising two candidate genes for spinal muscular atrophy to determine whether they are suitable targets for therapeutic intervention

Dr Margaret Rose Cunningham Investigating mechanisms that contribute towards abnormal platelet function

Dr Mairi E Sandison A new device to model cardiovascular disease that enables tracking of behavioural changes in individual cells within vascular tissues

Dr Aaron Lau A switchable material for stem cell manufacturing

Dr Gianluca Grassia Development of novel approaches to reduce vascular diseases

Dr John S Bett How defects in the brain’s protein destruction system are linked to agerelated brain disorders

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