medicine and the life sciences had several particular
strengths. The University was said to boast ‘the largest concentration
of connective tissue work in Europe’, which meant research on cartilage, bone, blood vessels and skin, much of it under the direction of
Michael Grant, the Professor of Biochemistry, and much of it relevant
to the relief of osteoarthritis, heart disease, and some aspects of cancer.
The Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund awarded over £900,000 to Michael
Dexter, of the Department of Medical Oncology, and his research
group at the Paterson Institute for