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    Grant Success for Dr Kathy Burnett

    Dr Kathy Burnett has recently been awarded a grant of £85,575 in funding from Iskus Health Ltd, Ireland to fund a PhD studentship.

    The project entitled "An evaluation of the clinical and economic impact realised through changes in the implementation strategies and technological design of procedural packs in secondary care" is in collaboration with Professor Mike Scott of the Northern Health and Social Care Trust.

    The main aim of the project will be to evaluate the clinical and economic impact realised through changes in the implementation strategies and technological design of procedural packs in the hospital / trust. It is hoped the work will lead to an improved procedural compliance and related outcomes when incorporated into High Impact Interventions. It is also believed a significant improvement in clinical and associated economic outcomes can be achieved if procedurally non-compliant healthcare staff are quickly identified and retrained.

    Dr Burnett commented "I am delighted to receive this award and thank Iskus Health Ltd and the NHSCT for supporting this project. I look forward to working with them both to develop new procedural pack strategies".

    Grant Success for Professor Ibrahim Banat

    Professor Ibrahim Banat has recently secured three major grants totalling £715,472, two from the EU under their 7th framework programme and one from the Technology Strategy Board, UK.

    Professor Banat is a recognised expert in the use of biosurfactants for pharmaceutical and environmental applications. This funding will be used to develop a generic platform technology for the fermentative production of biosurfactants using metabolically engineered yeasts strains equipped with new combinations of genes and pathways to synthesize tailor-made and new-to-nature biosurfactants.

    The new compounds will be screened for their direct and indirect antimicrobial effect, effect on biofilm formation, immunomodulating effects, wound healing properties and anti-cancer activity. The funding will also support a project investigating how novel biosurfactants, dispersants and sorbent materials, particularly those of biological origin can be used in the treatment of oil spills in marine and terrestrial environments.

    In addition, the downstream processing capability of microbially derived biosurfactants using supercritical CO2 will also be investigated. Professor Banat commented "I am very lucky to be involved in these funding opportunities and for international recognition in this area of research. It is mainly due to support from the Biomedical Sciences Research Institute, the University and colleagues. We aim to further develop this area of research to contribute to future sustainable products and technologies."