Royal Society announces latest round of prestigious Wolfson Research Merit Awards

Tuesday, Sep 27th 2011

The Royal Society, the UK's national academy of science, has announced the appointment of seven new Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award holders. The scheme provides up to 5 years' funding after which the award holder continues with a permanent post at the host university. Jointly funded by the Wolfson Foundation and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the scheme aims to provide universities with additional support to enable them to attract to this country or to retain respected scientists of outstanding achievement and potential. The focus of the award is a salary enhancement, usually in the range of £10,000 to £30,000 per annum.  The newly appointed award holders are working on a wide variety of projects including atmospheric aerosols, weather and climate; time and extra dimensions in space; early human evolution in Africa; and the impact of systemic infection and inflammation on the aged and diseased brain. Professor Paddy Farrington of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, is one of  the 26 holders of this year's awards. He is cited for his work in "Statistical methods for pharmacoepidemiology and infectious disease epidemiology".

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