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.

2014/15 at a Glance

Research Grants

Grants of £395k were approved for 35 Pilot Projects.

New Grampian Chairman

Professor James Grieve has succeeded Dr David Galloway as Grampian Chairman. A huge debt is owed to David for his contributions to fundraising and support for research projects over the last 17 years.

The Princess Royal Tenovus Scotland Medical Research Scholarship

Our Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, presented the first award under the scheme. It was accepted on behalf of Dr Rosamund Langston, the supervisor of Anna Mariano BSc who will conduct research into the debilitating and distressing hereditary neurological condition known as Huntington’s Disease.

Moulton-Barrett Research PhD Scholarship

Grampian have funded a third major PhD Scholarship costing £80k. Franziska Pohl commenced in October 2014 at Robert Gordon University.

The 2014 Lady Margaret MacLellan Award

Professor Hilary Critchley of the University of Edinburgh was the recipient of the Lady Margaret MacLellan Award for 2014, awarded biennially by Tenovus Scotland for outstanding contributions to medical science in Scotland.

The Sir Robin MacLellan Award

Dr Stephen O’Neill of the University of Edinburgh and Miss Joanne McPeake of the University of Glasgow were joint winners. Their Final Reports on their research work were 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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