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The Development Fund supports early career researchers (ECRs) in their professional development by providing small grants for training and other development activities. The scheme began in March 2021 and has supported the following development activities:




Training in coding skills and creative non-fiction writing

Dr Lucy van de Wiel (Reproductive Sociology Research Group)

Lucy is being supported with two development activities: 1) training in Python and R; 2) training in creative non-fiction and essay writing.



Training in the statistical software Stata

Dr Francesca Gaccioli (Obstetrics & Gynaecology)

Francesca is undertaking training in the software package Stata, in order to be able to independently manage large datasets from studies involving very large cohorts of pregnant women.

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CRISPR/Cas9 training

Dr Ionel Sandovici (Obstetrics & Gynaecology)

Ionel is training in how to apply the CRISPR/Cas9 system for genome editing in mammalian cells and for generating new mouse models.

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Visiting collaboration at the University of Copenhagen

Stasa Stankovic (MRC Epidemiology Unit)

Stasa will be visiting the lab of Professor Eva Hoffmann, in order to conduct a functional analysis of findings from computational genetics work.