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£5 million funding for biomedical & translational graduate research programme

17 October 2011

King’s Biosciences Institute (KBI) has secured £5.2 million funding for an innovative postgraduate research programme designed to train the next generation of translational scientists. The programme is set to be a central component of the UK’s training endeavour in this area.  

The Guy’s and St Thomas’s Trust Charity (GSTT) has generously supported the new four-year PhD programme in Biomedical and Translational Science by funding 10 studentships per year over the next four years.  The programme will be known as the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity Prize Phd programme.

King’s Biosciences Institute The programme will be run by KBI, a King’s-wide institute which engages scientists and researchers from the breadth of King’s Health Partners to develop discipline-led programmes of activity in immunology, genetics, neurosciences and biophysics/cell biology. By creating communities of scientists with shared research interests and aspirations, KBI provides and publicises platforms of scientific knowledge enabling new and existing research programmes and collaborations in the sphere of translational medicine.  Translational focus The four year programme is innovatively designed to train the next generation of translational scientists by equipping them to exploit excellence in basic research for improving the health of local and national patient populations.  Uniquely, students will have dual supervision of one clinician-scientist and one non-clinical scientists. Not only will the projects demonstrate clear links that build on strengths in basic sciences and their translational value, but the students will also become deeply embedded in the research philosophy of an Academic Health Sciences Centre.  Critically, the breadth of KBI and its component programmes will provide a diverse array of potential rotation and thesis projects to the trainees.

Professor Michael Malim FRS, Director of KBI said: “It is widely recognised that student training programmes provide a very effective tool for fostering scientific collaboration and innovation between teams that are expert in different areas.  We are extremely grateful to the GSTT Charity for their generous support of this programme, and of the aspirations of King’s Health Partners to exploit our expanding base in basic research excellence towards improving the health of local and national patient populations'.

Oliver Smith, Director of Strategy and Innovation, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, said:  “The Charity is pleased to support the Biomedical and Translational Science PhD programme . Scientific training in the  disciplines of immunology, genetics, neuroscience,  will help underpin advances in scientific understanding in two of the Charity’s areas of strategic focus – cancer/oncology and the health of the local populations where, for example, chronic immune, inflammatory and infectious diseases as well as mental health disorders are prevalent”.

Applications for 2012 entry will open on 10 November when full details of projects will be announced.

Further details can be found on the KBI website.

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