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Cardiff Nobel winners team up to help new researchers

17 March 2010

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Cardiff University’s two Nobel Laureates have congratulated the first winner of a new Fellowship to help talented researchers in the early stages of their career.

Dr Mark Young is the first recipient of a Martin Evans/Robert Huber Research Fellowship offered by the University’s School of Biosciences. The award is named after the University President Professor Sir Martin Evans, winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine and Professor Robert Huber, winner of the 1988 Nobel Prize for Chemistry. It aims to help academics make the sometimes difficult transition from postgraduate study to leading a team of their own.

Dr Young’s research looks at the structure of membrane proteins. These play a role in signals from cells, including pain signals to the nervous system. Blocking these signals could help in treating pain for a number of conditions, including arthritis.

Dr Young’s work on protein structure will make use of the crystallography laboratory run by the Schools of Biosciences and Chemistry.

Dr Young came to Cardiff from Manchester University, where he held a Wellcome Trust Advanced Training Fellowship. He recently met the two Cardiff Nobel laureates to discuss his research and his plans for the future. He said: "The Evans/Huber Fellowship is ideal in that it gives me time and independence. I can get my own laboratory space up and running and make grant applications for future research projects."

Professor Sir Martin Evans said: "In the academic world, it can be very difficult for researchers employed on other people’s grants to set up projects of their own. We want to encourage up-and-coming researchers to set up their own small groups on independent projects of their own. We need people of Dr Young’s quality and I am delighted that he is first Fellow on this scheme."

Professor Huber added: "Dr Young’s area of research is an extremely difficult one, but one which promises to be extremely rewarding. He is also structural biologist, which is a field we have been strengthening at Cardiff in recent years. We hope to see further expansion in this important area, with more academics like Dr Young who have expertise in the field."

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