7 January 1999
The leading medical research charity, Action Research, has awarded £67,034 to a team of medical researchers, led by Dr Isobel Braidman at Manchester University to study osteoporosis in men.
This disabling disease is usually associated with women because of their post menopausal oestrogen loss. However, one in 12 men in the UK, some in their thirties, also have the condition.
The disease is just as severe in men as in women and can affect some men who are well below 50 years. One of the problems with these cases is that they often have no obvious cause and are difficult to treat.
6 January 1999
Fourteen pioneering medical research projects across the country began 1999 with a massive cash injection of £l.3 million thanks to charity Action Research.
The Sussex-based charity made the awards on the basis of scientific excellence following a rigorous selection process by world experts. The chosen projects are at the cutting edge of medical innovation. A team of doctors in Manchester has been awarded £67,034 to investigate the causes and possible treatments of male osteoporosis.
17 December 1998
Two Cambridge researchers are set to receive nearly £l50,000 to carry out research which could benefit future generations.
Doctor Susan Kenwrick at Addenbrooke's Hospital will carry out a study to find the gene responsible for a hereditary skin condition which affects about one baby girl in every 10,000.
The condition, known as incontinentia pigmenti progresses in stages of severe blistering, warts, and pigmented streaks and is often accompanied by abnormalities of the eyes, hair, teeth and nails. An extreme case can leave a girl with epilepsy, mental deficit or spasticity.
14 December 1998
ITV television presenter, Jenny Powell, is to be the face of Action Research's fourth Bring Your Bear Week, coinciding with the birthday of the charity's loveable mascot, Paddington Bear.
The ex-children's TV presenter and 'Wheel of Fortune' star will be joining thousands of people across the country for the nationwide event set to take place from June 21 to 25.
Bring Your Bear is a major component of Action Research's £l million campaign for 1999 - Paddington's Suitcase Challenge, led by the well-loved character from Michael Bond's stories.
31 July 1998
Television's antiques expert David Battie has agreed to support a nationwide event organised by the charity which brought us life-saving polio and rubella vaccines, the artificial hip joint and ultrasound scans.
The Pot of Gold coffee mornings organised by the leading UK medical research charity Action Research, will be staged across the UK on Friday and Saturday March 5 and 6, 1999.
"The importance of Action Research's work really hit home recently when my elder daughter came within hours of death", says the founder contributor to the BBC's 'Antiques Roadshow'.