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2017-2018 Research Projects

We are funding over 65 projects (including Research Training Fellowshipsat leading hospitals, universities and specialist centres across the UK. Currently funded projects include research into premature birth, epilepsy, asthma, scarlet fever, cerebral palsy, brain cancer and some rare and distressing conditions.

Summer 2018

Bronchiolitis: developing ways to prevent or treat serious lung infections £180,527 awarded for a two year project.  Led by Dr Davidson, University of Edinburgh.

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis: personalising drug treatment £196,088 awarded for a three year project.  Led by Professor Hall-Craggs, University College London.

Leukaemia - reversing drug resistance if the cancer comes back £208,120 awarded for a three year project.  Led by Dr van Delft, Newcastle University.

Autism and ADHD: using state-of-the-art brain scanning techniques to spot problems early £199,968 awarded for a three year project.  Led by Dr Arichi, St Thomas' Hospital, King's College London.

Cerebral palsy - investigating surgery to help walking £199,889 awarded for a three year project.  Led by Mr Theologis, University of Oxford.

Preterm infants - protection against necrotising enterocolitis and serious infections £175,826 awarded for a two year project.  Led by Dr Smith, University of Northumbria.

Cerebral palsy - hand and arm rehabilitation £68,563 awarded for a 18 month project.  Led by Dr Basu, University of Newcastle.

 

Winter 2017

Preventing neural tube defects £189,516 grant awarded for a 28 month project.  Led by Professor Greene, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, University College London.

Reducing the impact of congenital heart disease on brain development £174,035 grant awarded for a 30 month project.  Led by Professor Counsell, St Thomas' Hospital, King's College London.

Developing a new test to identify women at risk of premature birth £200,000 grant awarded for a two year project.  Led by Dr Tribe, St Thomas' Hospital, King's College London.

Cystic kidney disease - finding new drug treatments £199,786 grant awarded for a three year project.  Led by Professor Johnson, St James' University Hospital, University of Leeds.

Cystic fibrosis: improving treatment for lung infections £179,835 grant awarded for a three year project.  Led by Dr Bharat, University of Oxford.

Preventing brain injury in premature babies £141,949 grant awarded for a two year project.  Led by Professor Peebles, University College London.

Improving the treatment of traumatic brain injuries £147,357 grant awarded for a three year project.  Led by Dr  Agrawal, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge.

Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease – finding new treatments £84,447 grant awarded for a one year project. Led by Professor  Rowitch, University of Cambridge.

 

Research Training Fellowships 2017/2018

Our Research Training Fellowship scheme is 45 years old and we have now funded 177 fellowships at a total value of over £13 million.

Our latest Research Training Fellows are carrying out research in the following areas:

Mitochondrial disease – investigating gene therapy  Dr N Keshavan of  the Genetics and Genomic Medicine Programme, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health was awarded £229,924 to investigate gene therapy for mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome.

What causes Crohn’s disease? Dr J Ashton of the Human Development and Health Department,  Southampton General Hospital and University of Southampton was awarded £240,640 to investigate functional and interpretive analysis of the microbiome and assessment of ileal transcriptome and genetic interactions in paediatric Crohn's disease.

Congenital heart disease - improving surgical treatment  Dr E Sauvage of the Centre for Cardiovascular Imaging, University College London and Institute of Cardiovascular Science, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London was awarded £155,516 to carry out a study entitled  PATCH – Patient-specific Treatment of Congenital Heart Disease.

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