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Wellcome Trust visit to Keele
Dr John Williams, Head of Clinical Activities in Neuroscience and Mental Health at the Wellcome Trust in London, gave a talk to ISTM members during a visit on 10 January 2012. Speaking at the Medical School, he outlined the latest developments in biomedical research funding and the Wellcome Trust's latest strategy, followed by an extensive question-and-answer session.
Dr Williams' visit included a tour of ISTM's research facilities in the Huxley Building and Guy Hilton Research Centre. As a neuroscientist by background, Dr Williams took particular interest on Keele's research in that field, especially in regenerative neuroscience to combat neural diseases and age-related hearing loss.
The tour also covered Keele's work on tropical diseases such as malaria and leishmaniasis, which have received long-term Wellcome funding, and future expansion of clinical research capability at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.
The Wellcome Trust is a significant supporter of Keele's bio-medical research, having contributed over £1 million to projects in the Research Institute for Science & Technology in Medicine over the last three years, as well as long-term investment in development of the Medical School and Primary Care Sciences.
Dr Williams is pictured (above) with his host for the day, Mark Smith, RI Manager for Science & Technology in Medicine, and (right) with Dr Michael Evans studying a poster in the Electrophysiology lab.