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BBSRC researchers rewarded for cross-cultural collaborations with Japan

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1 December 2010

Researchers from the BBSRC community have been awarded two of the six 2010 Daiwa Adrian Prizes - prestigious awards for scientific excellence in the UK and Japan.

Professor Kamoun's team with Lady Adrian after being presented with their award.

Professor Kamoun's team with Lady Adrian after being presented with their award.
Image: Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

Following an assessment conducted by a panel of Fellows of the Royal Society, the Trustees of The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation have awarded prizes of £10,000 to joint UK-Japan research teams. Winners include two teams from the BBSRC community, one led by Professor Sophien Kamoun at The Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich, and the other led by Dr Hugh Robinson at University of Cambridge. Professor Kamoun and Dr Robinson are due to receive their prizes during an awards ceremony on Thursday 02 December 2010.

Professor Kamoun's team is funded by BBSRC to study the genomics of interactions between plants and organisms that cause plant disease - potato and P.infestans (which causes late blight), for example. This research will help to reduce crop losses to disease and so contribute to future food security. The award is shared with their colleagues at the Iwate Biotechnology Research Center in Japan.

Dr Robinson's team with Lady Adrian after being presented with their award.

Dr Robinson's team with Lady Adrian after being presented with their award.
Image: Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

Dr Robinson's neuroscience research aims to understand the basic operation of networks of nerve cells in the brain and has previously been funded by BBSRC. Dr Robinson, along with researchers at Harvard University (USA) and the Karolinska Institute (Sweden) is awarded the prize together with collaborators at two Japanese institutes: University of Tokyo and Osaka University.

The prizes recognise cross-cultural collaboration and reflect the breadth and diversity of scientific achievement by researchers in the UK and Japan.

Steve Visscher, Deputy Chief Executive, BBSRC will be attending the awards ceremony on Thursday. He said "I would like to congratulate the award winners. This is a wonderful recognition of the excellent work they do and acknowledgement of the advantages that come with international collaboration. At BBSRC we believe that partnerships add considerable value to research. Working with overseas partners ensures that the UK can benefit from the increasing scientific activity across the globe. It also means that efforts to research important global issues are set in a global context, ensuring that the research remains relevant and has greater impact."

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