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Wellcome Trust publishes Annual Review 2012

19 December 2012

The Wellcome Trust’s ‘Annual Review 2012’ is now available, presenting a selection of our major activities and achievements in the year from October 2011 to September 2012.

This year, the Wellcome Trust has created more opportunities for researchers to build connections with each other and across all parts of society - vital for improving health in the future. With the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, the Trust combined sport and physiology in inspirational experiment kits sent free of charge to thousands of schools across the UK. We launched the Sir Henry Dale Fellowship scheme in partnership with the Royal Society to support outstanding early-career scientists, and we opened a new centre in Newcastle for research into mitochondrial diseases.

Sir John Gurdon - a former Governor of the Trust - was awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his pioneering research on stem cells 50 years ago. Earlier this year, we announced a new institute in Cambridge, in partnership with the Medical Research Council, which will advance our understanding of stem cells and how we can use them in medicine. Two major initiatives supported by the Trust opened this year: Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst welcomed the first tenants to its 'innovation campus', and researchers can now apply to use UK Biobank's database of health information and samples from 500 000 volunteers.

You can find the ‘Annual Review 2012’, plus links to related content on our website. A Summary Annual Review is also available, which highlights some of the stories and key facts and figures for 2011/12.

For details of our finances and investments, see our ‘Annual Report and Financial Statements 2012’, also published today.

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