Lung disease specialist Dr Neil Holden has been awarded a grant by the Biochemical Society.

The Eric Reid Fund for Methodology’s Management Committee has provided £1,250 for Dr Holden to establish models of cattle airway epithelial cells (which line the respiratory system from the nose and mouth all the way down to the lung aveoli).

The aim is to generate preliminary data on the effects of the serious respiratory infection bovine respiratory syncytial virus (bRSV) on pro-inflammatory genes and the effects of a corticosteroid on anti-inflammatory genes.

The fund was endowed by a Trust (Guildford Academic Associates) co-founded by Dr Eric Reid, an Emeritus Member. The emphasis is on methodology, with a preference for cellular or bioanalytical work.