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Full scholarship available for science graduate to study at film school The Wellcome Trust is offering a full scholarship to enable a biomedical science PHD graduate to study at the National Film and Television School (NFTS).
17 April 2014
Wellcome Library and NLM establish agreement to make 150 years of biomedical journals freely available online Representatives of the US National Library of Medicine (NLM), a component of the National Institutes of Health, and the Wellcome Library have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together to make thousands of complete back issues of historically significant biomedical journals freely available online. 14 April 2014
First volunteers to receive blood cultured from stem cells in 2016 Red blood cells cultured in a laboratory will be trialled in human volunteers for the first time within the next three years, as part of a long-term research programme funded by the Wellcome Trust. 14 April 2014
Wellcome Trust responds to announcement of science A-level reforms The Wellcome Trust has expressed deep concern that Ofqual, the independent regulator of examinations and qualifications, has announced that it is going ahead with plans to change the way that science practical work is assessed at A level. 10 April 2014
Science Learning+: exploring the impact of informal science learning A new initiative launches today, providing £9 million of funding to explore how informal learning activities, such as visits to museums or science centres, playing games and watching dramas or documentaries, have the potential to make a positive impact on young people's engagement with science. 10 April 2014
Faster visa endorsement will support international mobility for top researchers The Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK are collaborating with the Royal Society, the British Academy and the Royal Academy of Engineering to pilot a streamlined endorsement process to make it easier for outstanding international researchers to obtain Tier 1 Exceptional Talent or Exceptional Promise visas. 7 April 2014
Research projects set to improve people's health in humanitarian crises The Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) programme is awarding grants to eight pioneering research projects, including an examination of the effectiveness of simplified psychological support delivered by supervised 'para-professionals' in conflict-affected areas, and a study to validate a novel cost-effective method for pain control after earthquakes. 02 April 2014
Bursaries available for the Global Forum on Bioethics in Research satellite meeting The Wellcome Trust is offering a series of bursaries to enable participants to attend the 2014 Global Forum on Bioethics in Research (GFBR) satellite meeting in Mexico, to explore, discuss and debate the ethics of conducting research on humans in low- and middle-income countries. 02 April 2014
Wellcome Trust welcomes UK funding bodies' open access policy The Wellcome Trust welcomes the policy statement from HEFCE and the other three UK higher education funding bodies that requires research outputs (journal articles and conference proceedings) arising from their funding to be made open access in order to be eligible for submission to the post-2014 Research Excellence Framework. 31 March 2014
Guidance published on informing study participants about findings with potential health implications The Wellcome Trust and Medical Research Council (MRC) today launch a framework to help researchers design and implement a policy on feeding back findings that arise during a study which have potential health implications for individual participants. 31 March 2014
Brain implant to be developed as a novel treatment for epilepsy A new technique which could revolutionise the treatment of epilepsy is to be tested thanks to a £10 million grant from the Wellcome Trust and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). 28 March 2014
Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize 2014: applications open The Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize, in association with the 'Guardian' and the 'Observer', is now open for applications. The annual prize is now in its fourth year of seeking and celebrating the next generation of undiscovered science writing talent. 28 March 2014
Exploration of rest and busyness announced as first project of The Hub at Wellcome Collection The first residents of The Hub at Wellcome Collection, a flagship new space for interdisciplinary projects around health and wellbeing, will investigate the busyness of modern life. Bringing together a rich network of scientists, artists, humanists, clinicians, public health experts, broadcasters and public engagement professionals, the group will explore states of rest and noise, tumult and stillness, and the health implications for lives increasingly lived in a hubbub of activity. They have been awarded £1 million to develop the project over two years. 27 March 2014
Jisc and Wellcome Library partnership to create comprehensive online resource for the history of medicine The Wellcome Library and Jisc have strengthened their successful working relationship by signing a new three-year agreement that will enable the digitisation of more than 10 million pages of 19th-century works. The publications selected focus on medicine and related disciplines, and have been drawn from university and other research libraries from across the UK. 26 March 2014
Research funders outline steps to prevent re-identification of anonymised study participants A group of research funders today outlined the steps they will take to reduce the risk of anonymised individual research subjects in the UK being re-identified from genomic, epidemiological and social science data. These steps include possible sanctions, such as withdrawal of funding, for researchers who deliberately attempt to re-identify individuals without their consent. 24 March 2014

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