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Preterm birth - preventing brain injury associated with being born too soon

Research date: 1 May 2018 - 30 April 2020
Grant amount: £141,949.00

[INFO_TABLE]   Background Each year over 61,000 babies in the UK are born prematurely and sadly, more than 1,000 die as a result of being born too soon. Children who survive preterm birth, particularly those born before 32 weeks of pregnancy, have an increased risk of serious disabilities including cerebral palsy, visual impairment, hearing...

Preterm birth – a new biomarker to identify women at risk

Research date: 1 January 2018 - 31 December 2020
Grant amount: £200,000.00

[INFO_TABLE] Background
Each year over 61,000 babies in the UK are born prematurely and more than 1,000 die as a result of being born too soon. Children who survive preterm birth have an increased risk of cerebral palsy, visual impairment, hearing loss and learning difficulties. There are many reasons why preterm birth happens, but in early...

Premature birth: helping babies whose early arrival has put them at risk of future anxiety

Research date: 1 October 2017 - 30 September 2020
Grant amount: £185,999.00

Estimates suggest around 15,500 babies are born very early, before 32 weeks of pregnancy, each year in the UK.1-5 Babies who are born this early are thought to be nearly twice as likely as other babies to have problems with anxiety during adolescence.6 Anxiety can leave children feeling scared or embarrassed, for example, or cause physical symptoms like...

Premature birth: delaying early labour

Research date: 1 March 2016 - 1 November 2019
Grant amount: £189,886.00

Around 60,000 babies are born prematurely every year in the UK.1-5 Tragically, around 1,200 of these babies die4-6 Many others who survive a very early birth develop lifelong disabilities. Treatment with a hormone called progesterone can reduce a woman’s risk of giving birth early, but it doesn’t work for everyone. Professor Mark Johnson, of...

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Our impact: Mapping babies’ brains to predict and prevent future problems

Posted: 12 September 2017 11:21 am
Mapping babies’ brains to predict and prevent future problems Premature babies are at increased risk of developing disabilities but it is difficult to know which are most likely to be affected. Action funding has helped to develop a computer-aided tool to read MRI brain scans and identify abnormal development in newborn babies. Having a baby...

Help save tiny lives

Posted: 11 September 2017 16:27 pm
In the UK alone, around 61,000 babies are born prematurely each year and tragically more than 1,000 babies die each year after being born too soon, making premature birth the biggest killer of babies in the UK. It is also a leading cause of disability in those children who survive. Despite the enormous impact on babies and their families, research into...
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