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UCL receives five Newton Fund Advanced Fellowships

By Kerry Milton, on 25 June 2015

The Academy of Medical Sciences, the British Academy and the Royal Society have announced the first round of recipients of their new research funding scheme, the Newton Advanced Fellowships, including five UCL academics.

The scheme provides established international researchers with an opportunity to develop the research strengths and capabilities of their research groups through training, collaboration and reciprocal visits with a partner in the UK.

The Fellowships awarded will last for up to three years and are support researchers across the natural sciences, medical sciences, social sciences and humanities. Recipients will receive up to £37,000 for each year.

The UCL award winners are:

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Dr Huiliang Li, Wolfson Institute of Biomedical Research Dr Wenlin Li, Second Military Medical University in Shanghai, China Towards rapid and efficient production of oligodendrocyte precursors from human pluripotent stem cells
Dr Paola Oliveri, Department of Genetics, Evolution & Environment Dr Jiang Liu, Beijing Institute of Genomics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China Epigenetic control of development: Inheritance and reprogramming of parental DNA methylomes in sea urchins
Professor Stephan Beck, UCL Cancer Institute Professor Andrew Teschendorff, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Shanghai Institute for Biological Sciences, China Dissection of Intra-Sample Epigenetic Heterogeneity using Blind Source Separation Algorithms
Professor Richard Catlow, Department of  Chemistry Professor Hasani Chauke, University of Limpopo, South Africa Computational Modelling for Titanium Development
Dr Emiliano De Cristofaro, Department of Computer Science Professor Alptekin Küpçü from Koç University, Turkey Password-based and Social Authentication: Preventing Phishing and Malware

The Newton Advanced Fellowships are supported through the Newton Fund, a £375 million fund (£75 million a year for five years) which, through science and innovation partnerships, aims to promote the economic development and welfare of poor people in developing countries. The fund is overseen by the Department for Businesses Innovation and Skills (BIS) and delivered through 15 delivery partners in collaboration with 15 partnering countries.

Further information on the scheme is available at the British Academy website

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