In the latest round of funding, we have given out £1,330,390 across nine different projects including research investigating cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, Batten disease and primary ciliary dyskinesia:
- Do children need help with their voice after surgery to the windpipe? £11,818 grant awarded for a six months’ research project. Lead researcher Dr Cohen, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.
- Cerebral palsy – finding new ways to encourage brain repair £199,356 grant awarded for a three year research project. Lead researcher Dr Miron, The University of Edinburgh.
- Chronic granulomatous disorder – gene therapy £80,249 grant awarded for an 18 months’ research project. Lead researcher Professor Thrasher, University College London.
- Primary ciliary dyskinesia – restoring cilia to prevent lung damage £149,249 grant awarded for an 18 months’ research project. Lead researcher Professor O'Callaghan, University College London.
- Juvenile Batten disease - developing the first therapy by targeting calcium £193,328 grant awarded for a three year research project. Lead researcher Dr Lloyd-Evans, Cardiff University.
- Down syndrome: the mysterious benefits of biofocal glasses £169,053 grant awarded for a three year research project. Lead researcher Dr Woodhouse, University Hospital of Wales.
- Cerebral palsy: can exercises that strengthen calf muscles make walking easier for teenagers? £249,847 grant awarded for a three year research project. Lead researcher Dr Ryan, Brunel University.
- ADHD – developing an app to improve diagnosis and treatment of depression £60,000 grant awarded for a two year research project. Lead researcher Professor Asherson, King’s College London.
- Preterm children - reducing disabilities in maths £217,490 awarded for a three year research project. Lead researcher Dr Johnson, University of Leicester
Research Training Fellowships
Our Research Training Fellowship scheme is more than 40 years old and we have now funded 170 fellowships at a total value of over £12 million (around £18.5 million in today’s terms). The charity is also proud to announce the latest recipients of its Research Training Fellowship programme:
Preterm birth: predicting which women are at risk of preterm labour
Dr J R Cook, of the Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology, Imperial College London, was awarded £137,367.00 to study small molecules called microRNAs; with the aim of producing a test which can be used very early in pregnancy to predict which women are at risk of preterm labour.
Cancers of the ovary, testes and other germ cell tumours in children
Dr S Bailey, of the Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge, was awarded £197,895.00 to study specific inhibitors of microRNAs present at very high levels in all malignant germ cell tumours; with the aim of developing effective, non-toxic treatments for children and young people.
Ear deformities: developing implants for children with a small or absent ear
Dr M F Griffin, of the Division of Surgery and Interventional Science at University College London, was awarded £199,970.00 to develop ear implants for children using a unique synthetic polymer to overcome complications with existing surgical techniques and implants.
None of our work would be possible without the generosity of people who make donations, raise funds and take part in events, as well as our trust and corporate partners.