Tag: human health

  • Supporting frontier bioscience

    Uncategorized | Melanie Welham

    In my last blog, I highlighted some of the excellent examples of frontier bioscience that I heard about at the Human Frontiers Science Programme awardees meeting in Lisbon in July. I felt it appropriate that for this blog I bring this closer to home and here I reflect on some of the frontier bioscience research that BBSRC has recently supported. […]

  • Research advice and food – in Vogue

    Uncategorized | Melanie Welham

    During the past week I have attended the meetings of two groups that make important contributions to BBSRC’s scientific strategies, our Research Advisory Panel and Appointments Board (more on this next week).

    Membership of our Research Advisory Panel is drawn from across our advisory structures and includes the Chairs of our responsive mode, strategic Lola and fellowships committees, strategy advisory panels and members of Council. It helps to ensure BBSRC draws on a diversity of perspectives. We welcomed Jane Silverthorne, from the Bio Directorate of the National Science Foundation (NSF), as an observer at this meeting. We enjoy excellent relations with the NSF and have partnered with them for a range of funding calls including through a Lead Agency pilot agreement, Ideas Labs and ERA-Nets. […]

  • Global challenges: don’t forget the fungi!

    Uncategorized | Melanie Welham

    A theme woven through my second week as interim CE has been the opportunity that the Global Challenges Research Fund, announced by the Government in the Spending Review in November 2015 and confirmed in our allocations last week, brings to the bioscience research and innovation community.

    The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) seeks to leverage the excellence of the UK’s research base to tackle problems faced by developing countries, from health and agriculture, through to energy and conflict resolution, challenges which very much align with UN sustainable development goals […]

  • Ending 2015 on a high

    Uncategorized | Jackie Hunter

    This is the last blog from me for 2015 but I think we have finished the year on some real highs both for BBSRC and for all Research Councils. For example last Friday we got the official notification from BIS that work can commence on the new Centre for Food and Health at Norwich. The new centre will focus on the role of the microbiome and the importance of diet and nutrition in health and wellness. A conference in the UK is planned in the second quarter of next year with the New York Academy of Sciences on the microbiome and the programme is already shaping up to be very exciting. […]

  • Tackling challenges together

    Uncategorized | Jackie Hunter

    Originally I was writing my blog two Fridays ago and was focusing very much on our international activities with a trip by relevant members of the BBSRC Executive and myself to Brussels. With the events in Paris on that evening and the alerts in Brussels over the past weekend, it has given me pause to think of our international activities in a slightly different context. […]