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Latest research

We are funding over 75 projects at leading hospitals, universities and specialist centres across the UK. Projects we’ve funded over the past 12 months include research into pregnancy complications, neuroblastoma (a childhood cancer), leukaemia, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, epilepsy, Tourette syndrome and some rare inherited conditions such as X-linked lymphoproliferative disease.

Autumn/winter 2015

Summer 2015

We teamed up with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity to jointly fund 13 different projects. Through this partnership we’re aligning our efforts to do more to tackle the challenges disease and disability present for children by funding some of the best medical research across the UK.

We are also funding a project on preventing preterm labour.

Research Training Fellowships 2015/2016

Our Research Training Fellowship scheme is more than 40 years old and we have now funded 174 fellowships at a total value of over £12 million (around £18.5 million in today’s terms). Our latest Research Training Fellows are carrying out research in the following areas:

  • Neurodegenerative disorders with brain iron accumulation – finding new treatments 
    Dr A Papandreou, of the MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology, University College London and Developmental Neurosciences Unit, UCL Institute of Child Health,  London, was awarded £230,000 to investigate disease mechanisms and screening for treatments in beta-propeller protein-associated neurodegeneration (BPAN).
    This fellowship is co-funded by Action Medical Research and the BPNA (British Paediatric Neurology Association)
  • Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis: how do the foods children eat affect their disease?
    Dr H Dogra, of the Centre for Digestive Diseases and the Centre for Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Blizard Institute, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University, was awarded £156,471 to study the mechanisms of immune modulation by nutrient sensing in the intestinal epithelium.
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus in children
    Dr K Webb, of the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Adolescent Rheumatology, Rayne Institute, University College London and the Department of Paediatric Endocrinology, Institute of Child Health, University College London, was awarded £206,806 to investigate the link between puberty, the immune system and childhood onset systemic lupus erythematosus.
  • Tackling a rare condition that robs children of their ability to talk and understand speech: Landau Kleffner syndrome
    Dr S F A Ngoh, of the Developmental Neurosciences, Institute of Child Health, Institute of Neurology, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and School of Pharmacy, University College London, was awarded £161,305 to unravel molecular genetic causes and disease mechanisms in Landau Kleffner Syndrome.


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