Capacity Building Award in Integrative Mammalian Biology

Lead Research Organisation: University of Manchester
Department Name: Life Sciences


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The Steering Group considered the collaborative effort between Manchester and Liverpool to have been highly productive, with a strong case made for continued future investment. At all levels, from Home Office animal welfare courses through to dedicated other courses and the MRes and PhD programmes, there appeared to be substantial take-up by students and successful outcomes. The Steering Group stated that the Universities have been able to put in a lot of their own resources and capitalise on their strong links with industry, including SMEs, which had also made substantial investments in money and kind. The Centre was commended for having had enormous gravitational pull in bringing in a range of collaborative ventures and embedding a wide range of initiatives with both industry and academia. The Steering Group noted the strong role played by Fraser Murray in these activities and his links with Mark Christie at King's College London. The new developments in inflammation discovery at Manchester and the MRC Drug Safety Unit in Liverpool were considered excellent examples of how inward investment will sustain IMB activities in the future.

The Centre's facilities were praised as very strong and were considered to have been well adopted through the innovative approaches used by the Experimental Officer, who was noted to have been invaluable to the Centre and its activities.

The Steering Group stated that there appeared to be many new initiatives growing out of the core IMB investment which boded well for the future and was to be commended.

Public engagement and outreach were considered notably strong and the Centre was praised for its externalisation efforts which were considered to have been rewarded.

The Steering Group stated that it found it difficult to find weakness with this excellent Centre, but noted the inability to get HO licensing to run in vivo training courses.

The idea of providing an in vivo skills service to labs without such background was thought to be an opportunity for this Centre and the Steering Group was encouraged by the attempts to develop sustainability. The presented model of a Federation approach was considered interesting.
Exploitation Route We continue to discuss IMB with our consortium partners.
Sectors Education,Healthcare,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology

Description The capacity building award and the IMB Initiative was assessed independently by The University of Exeter on behalf of The Pharmacological Society. A report has been published in 2016. The initiative was deemed a great success. It facilitated best practice, sharing knowledge to improve the ethical use of animals in research
First Year Of Impact 2016
Sector Education,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

Description Royal Society Obesity Policy Meeting
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact Policy regarding funding and public education