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Preventing neural tube defects

Research date: 1 June 2018 - 30 September 2020
Grant amount: £189,516.00

Neural tube defects (NTDs) are severe developmental abnormalities that affect a baby’s brain, spine, or spinal column. They affect around one in 1,000 pregnancies, with 190 babies born alive with an NTD in the UK every year.1-4 Taking folic acid can help prevent NTDs, but it is not always effective. Professor Nicholas Greene at the UCL Great Ormond...

Helping children who were born with cleft palate to speak clearly

Research date: 17 April 2017 - 31 July 2018
Grant amount: £42,739.00

Around one in 700 babies in the UK is born with a cleft lip and/or palate, which means they have a gap, or a split, in the upper lip and/or the roof of the mouth.1 Babies normally have surgery to close the gap and improve the appearance of the face. Despite this, many go on to have communication problems, because of difficulties learning how to speak...

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