A £105 million package of economic stimulus which, this year, will maximise opportunities to create jobs and growth, was announced by Finance Secretary John Swinney on 27th June. These two financial packages will benefit Scotland's growing Life Sciences sector by accelerating the building of facilities and infrastructure which will encourage ambitious businesses. Read more.
The British Medical Journal report on the Whole System Demonstrator assessed the effect of home based telehealth interventions on the use of secondary healthcare and mortality. The findings show that telehealth is associated with lower mortality and emergency admission rates. Read more.
Scotland will be given special “independent” status at a key global IT industry event which is set to provide a major boost to the sector in October in Canada. The World Congress of Information Technology (WCIT 2012) have broken with protocol to grant Scotland an independent seat and representation for government, industry and academia. Read more.
Nicola Sturegon, Health Secratary, has stated that Scotland is set to become a world leader in innovative health technology. The Scottish government wants to double the economic contribution of life sciences to £6bn by 2020. Find out more.
Albasoft in partnership with Dundee University have launched the release of the Escro UK biobank module. This Escro add-on enables the long term follow-up of participants health by securely collecting information directly from their practice held medical records. Find out more.
The course, funded by Macmillan Cancer Support, is a collaboration between the charity, the Scottish Government and the University’s School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, in response to the Government’s Better Cancer Care Action Plan 2008. The course aims to significantly improve the quality of information, advice and support offered to people affected by long term conditions such as cancer and also strives to enhance training. Read more.
According to the latest Office of National Statistics on national well-being, Eilean Siar, Orkney and Shetland came out on top for levels of happiness. Find out more.
Prof Sabina Knight, director of the Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health is on the board of the Rural Health Education Foundation which has just launched a television health channel to close the health gap between urban and rural Australia. Read more.
The Prime Minister has announced plans to tackle what he is calling a 'national crisis' posed by dementia, including a doubling of research funding into dementia to £66 million per annum by 2015. As part of the funding being made available, the ESRC and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) will be working together to support an initiative with up to £13 million funding available for social science research on dementia. Find out more.
c-LEcta is skilled in the identification and engineering of enzymes and strains for optimized bio-catalytic industry processes, whilst Aquapharm has proven expertise in harnessing the commercial potential of its unique collection of marine bacteria and fungi. Together the partners will strengthen and expand their ability to provide innovative solutions across many market areas including production of natural, sustainably produced food, beverage and personal care ingredients. Find out more.
Inverness is in line to become a business hot-spot, as funding is in place to encourage major industries to bring high-profile industry conferences to the city. Funding from the Inverness Common Good Fund has become available to invite conference organisers from vital sectors such as the energy and renewables, finance, food and drink, higher education, sustainable tourism and life sciences industries to make Inverness their conference home. Find out more.
Find more of the latest funding calls on the Centre for Health Science website.
FP7 Cooperation Work Programme; Health 2013
Improving the health of European citizens and increasing the competitiveness and boosting the innovative capacity of European health-related industries and businesses while addressing global health issues including emerging epidemics. Emphasis will be put on:
translational research (translation of basic discoveries in clinical applications including scientific validation of experimental results)
the development and validation of new therapies
methods for health promotion and prevention including promotion of child health, healthy ageing, diagnostic tools and medical technologies, as well as sustainable and efficienthealthcare systems.
Closing date for applications 2nd October 2012.
Flexible Interchange Programme (FLIP)
BBSRC's FLexible Interchange Programme (FLIP) supports the movement of people from one environment to a different one to exchange knowledge/technology/skills, developing bioscience research/researchers and addressing our strategic priorities. Closing date for applications 20th September 2012.
Design for Wellbeing; Ageing and Mobility in the Built Environment
EPSRC is leading a call with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and invites proposals from interdisciplinary consortia for evidence led research into ageing and mobility in the built environment. This call is being run under the auspices of the Lifelong Health and Wellbeing (LLHW) cross-council ageing research programme which supports research addressing factors throughout life that influence health and wellbeing in older age. Closing date for expressions of interest 10th September 2012.