The GW4 Alliance has invested over £2.3m in 68 collaborative research communities, which are addressing major global and industrial challenges. Explore these communities by keyword or theme.

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BeDMaSH Behavioural and Decision Making Sciences in Healthcare GW4 Network

Inititator Fund

Project period: September 2015 – January 2016

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Dr Christos Vasilakis
University of Bristol: Professor Iain Gilchrist
Cardiff University: Professor Paul Harper
University of Exeter: 
Professor Martin Pitt

Project overview

 

This multidisciplinary network has the potential to be globally at the forefront of research developments in this emerging interdisciplinary field by harnessing the existing complementary, internationally recognized research within GW4. A step-change in scholarly activity is anticipated by bringing together expertise from across Operational Research, Decision Sciences, Mathematics, Psychology, Sociology, Implementation Science, Organisational Studies and Public Health.


Bio and Biomimetic Materials

INITITATOR FUND

This project has been awarded Accelerator funding for the Biomimetic Assemblies of Complex Functional Materials in Hierarchical Structures community.

Project period: May – July 2014

GW4 COMMUNITY LEADS

University of Bath: Paul Raithby
University of Bristol: Dek Woolfson, Simon Hall
Cardiff University: Niklaas Buurma
University of Exeter: Saverio Russo

PROJECT OVERVIEW

This project has brought together communities from across the South-West to establish how they develop new materials with biological and/or chemical function in order to transform the way that chemistry and biology can be combined to make devices for healthcare technologies.


Biomimetic Assemblies of Complex Functional Materials in Hierarchical Structures

Accelerator Fund

Project period: October 2014 – April 2015

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Enrico Da Como
University of Bristol: Simon Hal
Cardiff University: Wolfgang Langbein
University of Exeter: David Wright

Project overview

The research programme is based on the preparation of hierarchical layered materials deposited with a new state-of-the-art facility; Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD).


Building a GW4 Clinical Academic Training Community

Inititator Fund

Project period: May to August 2015

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Professor Stephen Ward
University of Bristol: Professor Jeremy Tavaré
Cardiff University: Professor Paul Morgan
University of Exeter: Professor Angela Shore

Project overview

By creating a vibrant cohort of young talented clinical academics across GW4 we will significantly enhance our collective abilities to translate our basic biomedical and population health research into an impact on patient care.


Centre for Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility (CGSR)

Inititator Fund

Project period: May to August 2015

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Ian Tonks
University of Bristol: Paula Hill
Cardiff University: Jason Xiao
University of Exeter: Rajesh Tharyan

Project overview

Our aim is to establish a world-leading multi-disciplinary research centre, The Centre for Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility (CGSR) across the Alliance.


Child Injury Research Community (CIRC)

Inititator Fund

Project period: October 2014 – January 2015

GW4 community leads

University of Bristol: Alan Emond
Cardiff University: Alison Kemp, Michael Jones
University of Exeter: Philippe.G.Young

Project overview

  • New imaging modalities have been identified to inform engineering head form design
  • New prospects for tissue material properties have been identified
  • Methodological links with national cohort studies (ALSPAC)
  • Structures to underpin research programme design (Haddon matrix analytical framework)
  • Additional international collaborators have been identified in Rotterdam, Singapore
  • A future research agenda and direction
  • Baseline datasets were identified within the CHIRC institutions to potentiate more baseline analysis to inform research application
  • Group to apply for GW4 Accelerator funding

Children and Young People’s Suicide and Self-Harm Research Collaboration

nitiator and Accelerator Fund

Project period: October 2014 – January 2015 (Initiator) February – August 2016 (Accelerator)

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Paul Stallard, Jeffery Gavin
University of Bristol: David Gunnell, Judi Kidger, Becky Mars, Lucy Biddle
Cardiff University: Rhiannon Evans, Jonathan Scourfield, Nina Jacob
University of Exeter: Tamsin Ford, Astrid Janssens

Project overview

This GW4 community aims to address this important public health issue through the development and evaluation of complex prevention and intervention approaches within educational settings. The collaboration specifically focuses on a key evidence gap, namely the dearth of effective programmes available to schools and their staff in supporting students at risk of self-harm.


Climate Extremes and Variability – Evaluating the Risks (CLEVER)

Inititator Fund

Project period: May – July 2014

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Nicholas Mitchell
University of Bristol: Dan Lunt
Cardiff University: Ian Hall
University of Exeter: Tim Lenton

Project overview

This project will focus on quantitatively evaluating the risks of extremes in climate and its variability.