BBSRC spending spree on bioscience

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) have funded ten new projects worth £6.5m. These projects will use systems biology to investigate how to understand a plant’s body clock, insect responses to pheromones and the building of a model to represent signals in the brain.

The systems biology approach will bring together researchers across different disciplines, combining theory, computer modelling and experiments to fully utilise and understand the outputs of bioscience research.

To date, the BBSRC has invested over £70m in UK and European Systems Biology initiatives. The aim is to give researchers involved access to complementary expertise and skills, which will help develop the field of systems biology by coordinating BBSRC and ANR resources.

BBSRC chief executive Steve Visscher said: ‘Systems biology holds a great promise for delivering real, practical advances in healthcare, biotechnology and environmental research much faster than traditional biology.’

He added: ‘Collaborative initiatives with international partners enable us to increase the impact of our funding and the impact of the research being done by our scientists.’