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Bronchiolitis: developing ways to prevent or treat serious lung infections

Research date: 1 February 2019 - 31 January 2021
Grant amount: £180,527.00

Bronchiolitis is a distressing, potentially life-threatening lung infection that affects over 33 million babies and infants worldwide every year.1 It is very often caused by the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), but little is known about why some children develop potentially lethal infections while others have mild symptoms. Dr Donald J. Davidson at the...

Preventing brain injury in premature babies

Research date: 1 October 2018 - 30 September 2020
Grant amount: £141,949.00

In the UK, around 61,000 babies are born prematurely each year and sadly, more than 1,000 will die.1-7 Children who survive can experience lifelong conditions such as cerebral palsy, learning difficulties, blindness and hearing loss. Evidence suggests that bacteria can pass into the womb and trigger inflammation, which can cause early labour and damage...

Developing a new test to identify women at risk of premature birth

Research date: 1 October 2018 - 30 September 2020
Grant amount: £200,000.00

In the UK, more than 61,000 babies are born prematurely – before 37 weeks of pregnancy – each year and sadly, more than 1,000 will die.1-7 Children who survive can experience lifelong disabilities such as cerebral palsy, learning difficulties, blindness and hearing loss. Although the causes of preterm birth are often not understood, one factor...

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

Research date: 1 March 2018 - 28 February 2021
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...

Can special play activities help premature babies with learning?

Research date: 1 November 2017 - 31 December 2020
Grant amount: £134,594.00

Estimates suggest that around 9,000 babies are born very prematurely, before 32 weeks of pregnancy, every year in the UK.1-4 While better care has improved these vulnerable babies’ chances of surviving, their early arrival puts them at risk of developing a range of lifelong problems, including learning difficulties. Dr Ruth Ford of Anglia Ruskin...

Premature birth: predicting who’s at risk

Research date: 1 January 2017 - 31 May 2018
Grant amount: £91,171.00

Premature birth and its complications are the leading cause of death among children under five years of age across the world.1 Tragically, over 1,000 babies die in the UK each year after being born too soon.2-4 Babies who survive a very early birth are at risk of developing lifelong problems such as cerebral palsy, blindness and learning difficulties....

Pregnancy: detecting complications earlier so women can get help sooner

Research date: 1 March 2016 - 31 October 2017
Grant amount: £158,886.00

Up to six per cent of pregnant women develop a mild form of a condition called pre-eclampsia.1 Severe pre-eclampsia occurs in around one to two per cent of pregnancies, putting the lives of both mothers and babies at risk.1 Sadly, an estimated 1,000 babies die each year because of pre-eclampsia.2,3 Professor Christoph Lees, of London’s...

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...

Premature birth: tackling children’s difficulties with maths at school

Research date: 4 August 2015 - 3 February 2019
Grant amount: £217,490.00

Around 16,000 babies are born very prematurely, before 32 weeks of pregnancy, each year in the UK.1-4 Being born this early puts children at high risk of experiencing learning difficulties, particularly in maths, but many teachers feel ill equipped to help. Dr Samantha Johnson, of the University of Leicester, is studying teenagers who were born very...

Premature birth: predicting which women might go into labour too soon

Research date: 1 April 2014 - 30 August 2016
Grant amount: £156,036.00

Research Training Fellowship*: Dr Joanna Cook Over 60,000 babies are born prematurely every year in the UK.1-3 Tragically, around 1,300 of these babies die4-6 Many others who survive a very early birth develop lifelong disabilities. Despite these dangers, we can’t always tell which women will go into labour too soon. Dr Joanna Cook, of Imperial...

Twin-twin transfusion syndrome: developing a new way to help babies who are struggling in the womb

Research date: 1 January 2014 - 31 July 2016
Grant amount: £102,258.00

Estimates suggest that around 10 per cent of identical twins develop a serious condition called twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS), which strikes while babies are in the womb.1-3 This condition can be very dangerous for babies, causing premature birth, death and disability. Professor Christoph Lees, of Queen Charlottes’s and Chelsea Hospital...

Premature birth: how to stop women from going into labour too soon

Research date: 22 April 2014 - 21 April 2017
Grant amount: £183,040.00

Over 60,000 babies are born prematurely every year in the UK.1-4 Tragically, premature birth is the biggest killer of babies in the UK, with nearly 1,400 babies dying each year after being born too soon.5-7 Many others who survive a very early birth develop lifelong disabilities. Despite these dangers, little is known about why some women go into labour...

Premature birth: why are premature babies at increased risk of developing ADHD?

Research date: 4 March 2013 - 3 March 2016
Grant amount: £169,944.00

Over 60,000 babies are born prematurely in the UK every year.1-4 These babies are at increased risk of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other psychiatric problems, including anxiety, social difficulties and autism. Professor Jonna Kuntsi and her team, of King’s College London, are investigating why. Their work...

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Grants awarded to top Cambridge researchers to help sick babies and children

Posted: 13 January 2012 14:12 pm
Leading research teams in Cambridge have been given over £300,000 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...

60 years of top medical research investment across the East Midlands to help prevent suffering of sick babies and children

Posted: 5 January 2012 11:03 am
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. Research funded over the years has included pioneering work carried out across the East...

Action Medical Research celebrates 60 years of top medical research investment in London

Posted: 5 January 2012 10:59 am
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. Research funded over the years has included pioneering work carried out across a variety of...
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