Press release

H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh, hosts charity’s 60th anniversary reception at Buckingham Palace

15 October 2012

A group of esteemed researchers will share their vital work with His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh - Patron of children’s charity Action Medical Research, at a special reception at Buckingham Palace on the evening of Monday 15 October.

The Diamond Anniversary Reception will be held in a one of the State Rooms at the Palace and will celebrate the children’s charity’s 60th anniversary.

Representatives from the charity will include Mr Richard Price – Chairman, Field Marshal The Lord Guthrie GCB LVO OBE DL – President and Trustees.

Researchers from six projects currently being funded by the charity will present their work to The Duke of Edinburgh and more than 100 assembled guests.

Their work will include: studies into the cause of brain cancer in children; resuscitation of newborn babies; developing a vaccine for meningitis B; epilepsy in children; bowel problems in newborn babies; and multiple sclerosis among children.
(Please see notes to editors for full list of names, institutions and projects).

Richard Price, Chairman of Action Medical Research, says: “We are honoured that Action Medical Research’s patron His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh is hosting this reception to celebrate our 60th anniversary.

“It’s a wonderful way to mark this proud milestone and showcase to guests some of the fantastic research that we are currently funding across the UK to save and change the lives of babies and children.”

This year Action Medical Research celebrates 60 years of vital research. The charity is currently supporting work around Down syndrome, meningitis, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, premature birth and some very rare conditions that severely affect children.

For more information on the Diamond Anniversary Reception please visit www.action.org.uk/palace2012

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

The researchers who will attend the Action Medical Research reception at Buckingham Palace are:

Dr Rebecca Hill - Northern Institute for Cancer Research, Newcastle University
‘Brain cancer: tackling medulloblastoma, the most common, malignant, childhood brain tumour’

Professor Barrie Hayes-Gill – School of Electric & Electronic Engineering, Nottingham University and Academic Division of Child Health, University Hospital, Nottingham
‘New heart rate monitor for babies who need resuscitation at birth’

Dr Andy Ewer – Neonatal Unit, Birmingham Women's Hospital, University of Birmingham
‘Bowel problems in newborns – improving diagnosis of necrotising enterocolitis’

Dr Evangeline Wassmer - Paediatric Neurology Department, Institute of Child Health and Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Birmingham
‘Multiple sclerosis: examining early symptoms in children’

Professor Andrew Pollard – Department of Paediatrics, Oxford Vaccine Group Laboratories, Churchill Hospital, University of Oxford
‘Meningitis and septicaemia – developing a new vaccine’

Professor Helen Cross - Department of Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy, UCL Institute of Neurology
‘Epilepsy: searching for genetic causes’

 

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For more information on The Diamond Anniversary Reception please contact

Toby Tennant, Head of Relationship Fundraising
T 01403 327436
E ttennant@action.org.uk

For further information on Action Medical Research please contact:

Prarthana Rao, Senior Press & PR Officer
T 01403 327480
E prao@action.org.uk
W action.org.uk

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Action Medical Research is the leading UK-wide medical research charity dedicated to helping babies and children. We know that medical research can save and change children’s lives. For nearly 60 years we have been instrumental in significant medical breakthroughs, including the development of the UK polio vaccine and ultrasound scanning in pregnancy.

Today, we continue to find and fund the very best medical research to help stop the suffering of babies and children caused by disease and disability. We want to make a difference in:

• tackling premature birth and treating sick and vulnerable babies
• helping children affected by disability, disabling conditions and infections
• targeting rare diseases that together severely affect many forgotten children.

But there is still so much more to do. Make 2012 a special year and help fund more life-changing research for some of the UK’s sickest babies and children.