Supporting research across the full spectrum of medical sciences in Scotland

About Us

For nearly 50 years TENOVUS SCOTLAND has supported innovative medical research projects across the full spectrum of medical sciences, within Scottish Universities and Teaching Hospitals. Through the help of private donations, Trusts, legacies and fundraising events, our principal aim is to assist young research staff, who have yet to establish a track record, with small grants to get their research programmes underway. What makes Tenovus Scotland unique is that these ‘Pilot projects’ often attract substantial grants subsequently from the Medical Research Council, Wellcome Trust, etc. This “pump-priming” function is a key aspect of our activities. Without the support of Tenovus Scotland at these crucial early stages, most of these projects would not have seen the light of day.

2015/16 at a Glance

Research Grants

Grants of £1 million were approved for 44 Projects.

Administration Cost

Administration costs were only 3% of the total cost of approved grants.

New Strathclyde Chairman

Professor Kenneth Paterson has succeeded Dr Alistair Beattie as Strathclyde Chairman. A huge debt is owed to Alistair for many years loyal service to the Strathclyde Committee.

The Princess Royal Tenovus Scotland Medical Research Scholarship

Angela Ianniciello (University of Glasgow) was awarded a PhD scholarship to further understand how autophagy controls the way in which CML stem cells function and, using the best laboratory models including patient-derived CML stem cells,test new drugs that block autophagy.

The 2015 Lady Illingworth Award

Professor Andrew Tatham (University of Edinburgh) was the recipient of this prize for his research which is focused on improving the understanding of chronic eye disease and how it affects elderly patients’ quality of life. This is awarded periodically to a person or persons who have made an outstanding contribution to the understanding of the disabilities which affect elderly people within the British Isles.

The Sir Robin MacLellan Award

Dr Anke J Roelofs (University of Aberdeen) was the winner. Her Final Report on her research work was judged the most outstanding for the year.

A Brief History of Tenovus Scotland

In 1967, Sir Charles Illingworth obtained permission from Tenovus, the Cancer Charity, to use the name ‘Tenovus’ in Scotland. He then gathered nine eminent Glasgow Citizens to support his aims - (making ten of us) to provide urgently needed equipment for medical research.

1980’s and Onwards
The emphasis has been to provide funding for young research staff and for innovative research projects carried out within Scottish Universities/Teaching Hospitals.
Over the Last Ten Years
We have awarded research grants in excess of six million pounds. Administration costs have been only 6.5% of income.

How We Allocate Money - Local Funds for Local Research

Donors may, if they so wish, nominate a specific field of research and or geographic region. All projects are subject to approval by an independent National Scientific Advisory Committee. Regional Committees are based in Edinburgh, Grampian, Strathclyde and Tayside.

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