Results of pilot study on transport pollution and health funded by the SWCF

The SWCF was delighted to be able to part-fund an air quality study in 2014 by Pallavi Pant and colleagues at Birmingham University. This continues the work started by Dr Simon Wolff in the 1990s.

Young engineer helped to attend conference by the Simon Wolff Charitable Foundation

PhD student Mohammad Afkhami attended the ESCAPE 24 conference in June 2014 with help from the Simon Wolff Charitable Foundation. Here is his report:

The Simon Wolff Charitable Foundation aided the financing of my travel and accommodation expenses to present my paper as a speaker at the 23rd European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering (ESCAPE 24) held in Budapest from 15th-18th June 2014. I am currently in my final year of a PhD in the Institute of Particle Science and Engineering, School of Process, Environmental and Materials Engineering at the University of Leeds under the supervision of Dr. Ali Hassanpour and Prof. Michael Fairweather.

The demand for insulin is increasing; this is due to the increase in prevalence of type 1 diabetes and particularly type 2 diabetes. Alternative routes of insulin delivery have been tested, these include dermal, oral, buccal, nasal, rectal, vaginal and pulmonary [1-3]. The pulmonary route has proved to be the only method without major disadvantages and is the first clinically effective alternative to subcutaneous insulin. Its earlier use in type 2 diabetes can improve glycaemic control and delay the development of complications [4, 5]. If inhaled insulin is accepted more easily than subcutaneous insulin, and it may be easier to initiate insulin therapy earlier in type 2 diabetes [6]. Moreover, inhaled insulin would be an alternative to patients with needle phobia; there is some degree of needle phobia in at least 10% of the population [7].

The SWCF helps a young researcher attend a San Fransico conference

High Blood Pressure Research (HBPR) Scientific Sessions—San Francisco (September 2014)

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow working at the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. My current research projects focus on investigating the role of renal and cardiovascular functions in health and diseases.

Cardiovascular diseases are a major health problem worldwide, resulting in an enormous economic burden to the society. Hypertension is one of the most common chronic cardiovascular disorders, with a great proportion linked to renal dysfunction. The kidneys contribute profoundly to maintaining the homoeostasis of body fluid volumes and electrolytes balance, which play key roles in long-term regulation of blood pressure. Many years ago it was proposed that low nephron numbers during nephrogenesis and high salt consumption in the diet are related to subsequent development of hypertension and renal disease in the adult life. However the mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis remain unclear and further studies are urgently needed.

Biomedical Materials researcher attends conference with the help of the SWCF

Biomaterials 26th European Conference on Biomaterials—Liverpool (August 2014)

Aisling O’ Carroll obtained her BSc in Biomedical Science (1st Class Hons) from National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland (NUIM). She received a Special Research Scholarship and began her PhD studies in the School of Pharmacy, Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) in the area of medical devices in October 2013. Her research involves the development of a biomaterial with improved biocompatibility to modulate the Foreign Body Response. Upon receiving a generous Simon Wolff Charitable Foundation (SWCF) travel grant, Aisling attended ESB 2014 Annual Conference, the 26th European Conference on Biomaterials (, held from August 31st to September 3rd, 2014 in the Liverpool Echo Arena. This event was organised by the European Society of Biomaterials, and also encompassed the 11th Young Scientists Forum, aimed at postgraduate students, encouraging discussion and participation in biomaterials education and training, career development and research opportunities.

Young Econometrics PhD student attends the VIII World Conference of the Spatial Econometrics Association

Zurich—Switzerland (June 11-13, 2014)

Spatial econometrics is a well-consolidated body of methodologies for the analysis of externalities, spillover and interactions with applications in so many diverse scientific fields such as regional economics, transportation, criminology, public finance, industrial organization, political sciences, psychology, agricultural economics, health economics, demography, epidemiology, managerial economics, urban planning, education, land use, social sciences, economic development, innovation diffusion, environmental studies, history, labor, resources and energy economics, food security, real estate, marketing, and many others. The VIII World Conference of the Spatial Econometrics Association is an annual conference of the association to promote the development of theoretical tools and sound applications of the discipline. The conference offered a forum for discussing methodological advances and empirical results in all applied fields and encouraged such knowledge and good practice in academic and research institutions and in the society at large.

Young Medical Biotechnologist attends Keystone symposium on “Emerging concepts and targets in islet biology”

Dr. Ensiyeh Hajizadeh, a medical doctor and PhD student of Medical Biotechnology is currently working on the Beta-cell research program at the Royan Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Technology in Tehran, Iran. He recently attended a symposium on islet biology in Colorado.

The 11th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant in Edinburgh

Adiari I. Vázquez-Rodríguez graduated from Harvard University with a B.S. in Engineering Sciences in 2005. After practicing Environmental Engineering and becoming a licensed Professional Engineer in 2008, she returned to the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, where she is currently completing her doctoral degree in Environmental Sciences and Engineering. Her doctoral research focuses on the environmental transport and reactivity of mercury in the environment. Thanks to a travel grant from the Simon Wolff Charitable Foundation, she was able to present her research at the 11th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant.

14th World Congress of the International Pancreas and Islet Transplant Association – Monterey, California – September 2013

Thanks to the generous travel grant from the Simon Wolff Charitable Foundation I was able to attend the International Pancreas and Islet Transplant Association 13th Congress in Monterey, California. The IPITA meeting is held every two years and is the premier meeting concerning the use of pancreas or islet cell transplantation as a therapy for type 1 diabetes mellitus.

SWCF grant helps PhD student attend Metal-Hydrogen Systems conference.

Lydia Pickering, a third year PhD student attended an International Symposium on Metal-Hydrogen Systems in October 2012 in Japan with the help of a grant from the SWCF. Her research is relavant to the replacement of fossil fuels in transport. Her conference report is on our Travel Grants for Young Scientists page.

Young researcher attends complex systems conference

In Summer 2012, with the aid of an SWCF grant, a young researcher into pollution-free transport attended the Santa Fe Institute's Complex Systems Summer School. His report outlines his research and describes the event. For his report and for details of other young researchers' who have been helped by the SWCF, visit our Travel Grants for Young Scientists page.

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