10 September 2018 10:35 am
Research funded by Action has taken significant steps towards a new treatment approach that could revolutionise the treatment of cataracts, especially in children.
Although usually associated with older people, each year around 200 UK babies are born with cataracts – and worldwide it is a major cause of childhood blindness.
26 August 2015 09:47 am
Gifts in wills are vital to Action and can have a massive impact on generations to come. One such legacy helped unlock the causes of a condition that can cause blindness.
Back in 2004 we received a letter from Gordon Walkinshaw of Lochwinnoch in Paisley. Gordon suffered from a genetic condition and told us that his dream was to make a real difference...
13 March 2013 15:21 pm
Action Medical Research has been awarding prestigious fellowships to promising doctors and researchers for 40 years. The scheme helps to develop future leaders in children’s research. As Research Training Fellows, these high-fliers carry out a key piece of research to help children and undertake training to develop their research expertise. Two...
5 January 2012 10:50 am
Horsham-based children’s charity, Action Medical Research, is celebrating investing more than £100 million into vital medical research over the past 60 years, which has led to some key scientific breakthroughs to help reduce the suffering of sick babies and children.
The charity was originally founded in 1952, by Duncan Guthrie, in his quest...
3 November 2011 15:33 pm
Three leading research teams in London have been given more than £450,000 in grants by children’s charity Action Medical Research, to carry out studies which aim to help reduce the suffering of sick babies and children.
The charity has been supporting significant medical breakthroughs for nearly 60 years, and has today announced the grants...
1 March 2011 13:08 pm
Children born very early with a low birth weight are at high risk of developing retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), which is a major cause of vision loss and blindness. Advances in neonatal care mean more premature babies are surviving these days, so there has been a resurgence of this disease. Most ROP studies have looked at the...
22 February 2011 14:25 pm
Researchers in Belfast have just been awarded a grant of almost £125,000 by Action Medical Research – the leading UK-wide medical research charity dedicated to helping babies and children.The charity has been supporting significant medical breakthroughs for nearly 60 years, and today announced its latest round of funding to top research institutes at...
24 March 2010 15:41 pm
Mucous membrane pemphigoid, or MMP, causes the body’s moist skin linings (mucous membranes) to blister. When it affects the eyes, up to 30 per cent of patients become blind due to the formation of scar tissue.Although MMP most commonly affects elderly people, children can also suffer and its effects are irreversible. Thanks to work by Dr Valerie Saw...
1 February 2008 00:00 am
Up to 300,000 people in the UK are blind or partially sighted because of AMD; diabetic retinopathy affects nearly everyone with Type I diabetes and up to 60 per cent of those with Type II. Fortunately, the last few years have seen the launch of some promising new treatments, but crucial to their success is early diagnosis. A project team led by Professor...
1 March 2005 00:00 am
It is a result of recessive mutations in certain genes, which have to be
present in both the father and mother and come together by chance,
leaving the child without an essential component for their vision.There are
currently no treatments for LCA.
The disease happens because the photo receptors, the light sensors in the
eye, do not work. These consist of...
1 June 2003 00:00 am
Dr Paul Goldsmith, Specialist Registrar in Neurology based at Cambridge University, has completed a three-year project funded by Action Medical Research studying the mechanisms behind the degeneration of the retina.
If you imagine the eye as a camera, complete with a lens, then the retina at the back of the eye would be the film. It registers shades...