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University of Kent shortlisted for two Times Higher Education Awards

The University of Kent today welcomed the news that it has been shortlisted for two of this year’s Times Higher Education Awards - Research Project of the Year and Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. The awards, now in their sixth year, celebrate the excellence and achievements of the UK’s higher education institutions.

Shortlisted for Research Project of the Year, Professor Darren Griffin’s team collaborated with the universities of Cambridge and Leeds, the Genetics and IVF Institute in Fairfax, Virginia (USA), and the London Bridge Fertility, Gynaecology and Genetics Centre to develop a test to screen an embryo for any of the 15000 known genetic diseases. The test, called ‘Karyomapping’, has been dubbed the 'genetic MOT' in the press. The research was published in the Journal of Medical Genetics (October 2009).

Like Professor Griffin, Professor Paul Allain has a global reputation for his research activities. An expert in Polish Theatre, he coordinated the British celebrations of the 2009 UNESCO Year of Jerzy Grotowski as part of a wider Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project. The celebrations marked the life and work of the experimental Polish theatre director ten years after his death and included a collection of director Peter Brook’s writings on Grotowski and an exhibition of performance photographs at the Royal National Theatre. Professor Allain’s work has been shortlisted for the award of Excellence and Innovation in the Arts.

Vice Chancellor Professor Dame Julia M Goodfellow said ‘We are all very pleased to have the work of two of our academics recognised in this way and we wish them all the best in the forthcoming awards ceremony.’

The winners of the 2010 Times Higher Awards will be announced at an event to be held on 25 November.



Contact: pressoffice@kent.ac.uk

Story published at 4:09pm 23 September 2010

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