Monthly Archives: November 2014

Research Incentive Scheme


The Faculty of Science and Engineering has been chosen to pilot a new incentive scheme designed to reward successful research grant applications.

Grant holders will be rewarded with a ‘top slice’ of the overheads on a new grant proposal equivalent to 10% of the indirect support costs. The reward will be capped at £10k for any one project.

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Cape Town conference brings together research on young people and mobile phone use in sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile phone

Dr Elsbeth Robson is attending a workshop in Cape Town (25-29 November 2014), hosted by the Children’s Institute of the University of Cape Town.

This workshop brings together researchers from UK, Malawi, Ghana and South Africa who have been engaged on an ESRC-DFID project on young people and mobile phone use in sub-Saharan Africa since 2012. The workshop is reflecting on early findings and plans for impact.

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‘Jekyll and Hyde’ molecule may help pave the way to personalised medicine for prostate cancer patients

Justin Sturge

Researchers at the University of Hull have uncovered the harmful, hidden nature of a molecule involved in prostate cancer.

In a series of two recently published papers*, researchers at the University of Hull have shown that prostate cancer patients who have a molecule called Endo180 present in their tumours tend to have more severe disease.

Around 65 per cent of men with Endo180-positive tumours died within five years of diagnosis, compared to just 39 per cent who did not have Endo180. These results suggest that Endo180 contributes to thousands of prostate cancer deaths. And the team have also uncovered why this might be.

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Revolutionary instant vital signs monitor receives recognition at the IET Innovation Awards


An innovative handheld monitor that instantly reads a person’s vital signs has received recognition at the IET Innovation Awards 2014.

The invention, called Eimo, is a simple device for anyone to use, anywhere, to collect their own vital signs, including pulse, oxygen level, core body temperature, blood pressure and a full ECG trace.

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Improving sport performance through collaboration with Australian universities

University of Technology in Sydney

A sport and exercise biomechanics expert from the University of Hull has been invited to visit two Australian universities, to bolster existing projects and develop new collaborations.

Dr Max Ditroilo has previously successfully collaborated with Dr Mark Watsford from the University of Technology in Sydney (UTS). Their research focussed on musculo-tendinous stiffness – the ability of the muscle-tendon unit to resist a stretching episode – and how it is related to muscular performance and injury risk.

The research has been published in many well-regarded journals, such as Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise, Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology and Sports Medicine.

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The University is now subscribing to the ‘GRANTfinder’ research funding search database. This allows customised definable (science area, date, amounts) searches of a host of funding opportunities (blue skies, applied, knowledge exchange/KTP and enterprise). The Research Office and Knowledge Exchange have been working with the FoSE to roll out the training for the database. A number of staff (e.g. Departmental/School Directors of Research) have trained thus far. Full roll-out across FoSE is underway and details of demos and training sessions will be circulated soon.  If you are interested please contact to your Director of Research in first instance.

Engineering research team are finalists for Dragon-STAR Innovation Award

Solar panels

An engineering team led by the University of Hull has been selected as a finalist for a prestigious Chinese-European Innovation Award.

This unique award, the Dragon-STAR Innovation Award, is for distinguished scientific and technological collaboration between the EU and China.

The team, selected as one of three finalists, have been shortlisted for their development of a cost-effective and energy-efficient technology that has great global market potential in solar thermal and power systems.

The team’s development of a novel loop heat pipe (LHP) could also be widely used in heat exchangers, heat recovery systems, air conditioning and ventilation systems, cooling of electronics and lighting, as well as in the aerospace industry.

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