RESEARCH to help fight hospital bugs, rehabilitate people after injury using computer games and break down language barriers for young people is being backed by a new funding scheme at MMU.
The Research Accelerator Grant Scheme is targeted at staff at the beginning of their research careers and is designed to cover costs for early career researchers and help them to develop the skills and confidence to apply for external funding.
The Research Office, led by new director Professor Dave Raper, selected 14 researchers for a total of £62, 719 in grants which can be used for small pieces of exploratory research, travel or equipment.
Dr Andy Weightman, a lecturer in Engineering Design, is one of the recipients of the Accelerator Grant. His research looks at the way people move their arms in playing computer games, with the aim of rehabilitating arm function in children with cerebral palsy, or after stroke or injury.
Andy’s work is part of a project between the Schools of Engineering, Computing, Maths and Digital Technology and Healthcare Sciences, and the grant will provide vital funding to employing an undergraduate student assistant.
Dr Kathryn Whitehead, a research fellow in microbiology, has begun a project with Professor Peter Kelly to develop a solution to severe hospital-acquired infections associated with fixation pins which are used to hold bones together after fractures and breaks.
She said: “We’re aiming to establish data about the antimicrobial activity of the metal ions, nanoparticles and salts against known infection pathogens, and to find out if the antimicrobial activity is altered by combining metals with different nobilities in the galvanic series.
“This grant has allowed me to employ someone to do the microbiological screening and laboratory work and to also buy the consumables needed for this project.”
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For more information about the Research Office's accelerator grant, go to http://www.mmu.ac.uk/staff/fundingopportunities/researcher-accelerator.php
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