Latest research

Project grants

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:

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.

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