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Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship awards highlight Aston’s world class research

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19 February 2015

Aston University has received thirteen awards from the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship programme, which will allow world class researchers to undertake their research at the Institution.

The European Commission Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowships Scheme is designed to facilitate the mobility of international researchers in Europe. Aston has taken advantage of this scheme with success over several years, using it to bring numerous world class researchers to the University. The current awards are across four broad scientific areas, including physics (one), life sciences (two), chemistry (two) and engineering (eight).

Each fellow will undertake a two year multi-disciplinary research and training project supervised by an Aston host. The thirteen research awards are the most received by Aston, at one time.   

The awards across physics, life sciences, chemistry and engineering include:

  • A project focussed on ‘Improved Patient Safety through Intensive Biosignal Monitoring’. This will allow hospitals to develop their monitoring of post-operative orthopaedic patients, an area where hospitals are facing difficult experiences in targeting early signs of patient deterioration.
  • Research into understanding the underlying mechanisms of mesocrystal formation. Mesocrystals, which are best viewed as an entirely new class of material, have many potential uses including, the possibility of strengthening building materials such as concrete; improving the efficiency of solar cell technology and new biomimetic materials, such as those used in joint replacement procedures.
  • A project founded in an emerging field of ageing research, will determine the interaction and clearance of senescent cells by ageing innate immune cells. Senescence plays a paradoxical but important role in physiology; it protects organisms against cancer but also contributes to age-related loss of tissue function.
  • A project which will develop a novel thermometer for intracellular temperature sensing. Success will bring real time high-resolution probing and imaging of temperature within living cells to the research community. 

Aston University Vice Chancellor, Professor Dame Julia King, said: “We are delighted to have received a record thirteen fellowship awards from the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Scheme. This is an excellent result for our many leading scholars and researchers amongst our academic staff.

“We are delighted to have received a record thirteen fellowship awards from the Marie Curie Scheme. This is an excellent result for our many leading scholars and researchers amongst our academic staff.

These awards recognise our strong performances in global research within these key fields, highlighting the impact Aston is delivering for society.“

Aston is already engaged in a number of major international research partnerships including the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT), which was launched in 2013, alongside Novosibirsk State University (NSU).

Research in the European Bioenergy Research Institute provides practical bioenergy solutions for companies and organisations in the region, the UK, Europe and the world. 

Other research centres at Aston include the Aston Brain Centre (ABC), with a range of international and regional partnerships, including Birmingham’s Children Hospital. The Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA) has a range of international partnerships, including a recent 2.3m euro link-up with European colleagues focusing on combatting frailty and cognitive decline.

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For further media information, please contact Naheeda Akhtar, University Communications on 0121 204 5004 or n.akhtar18@aston.ac.uk