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2016 Research Projects

We are funding over 75 projects (including Research Training Fellowships) at leading hospitals, universities and specialist centres across the UK. Projects we’ve funded over the past 12 months include research into preterm birth, necrotising enterocolitis (a serious bowel condition affecting premature babies), birth asphyxia (when babies are deprived of oxygen during birth), epilepsy, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell disease and several rare inherited conditions including neurodevelopmental disorders.

Autumn/winter 2016

Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease - an inherited neurological disorder £199,918 grant awarded for a three year project.  Led by Professor Bennett , University of Oxford.

Helping children who were born with cleft palate to speak clearly £42,739 grant awarded for a 15 month project.  Led by Dr Cleland, University of Strathclyde.

X-linked ichthyosis: searching for better treatments for boys with this rare skin condition £116,230 grant awarded for a two year project.  Led by Professor O’Toole,  Queen Mary University of London.

Can we prevent food allergies by giving young babies small amounts of the foods that cause them?  £151,338 grant awarded for a three year project.  Led by Professor Lack, King’s College London.

Can special play activities help premature babies with learning? £134,594 grant awarded for a three year project.  Led by Dr Ford, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

Could ultrasound scans help identify early hip problems for children with cerebral palsy? £151,551 grant awarded for a three year project.  Led by Dr Shortland, King’s College London.

Inflammatory bowel disease: identifying children who are most in need of intensive early treatment  £100,000 grant awarded for a two year project.  Led by Dr Zilbauer, University of Cambridge.

 

Summer 2016

Craniosynostosis: improving diagnosis and care for children with this rare condition £173,162 grant awarded for a 30 month research project.  Led by Dr Twigg, University of Oxford.

Necrotising enterocolitis: protecting newborn babies from this life-threatening bowel problem £26,262 grant awarded for a one year research project.  Led by Associate Professor Juszczak, University of Oxford.

Vision in children born to mothers taking methadone in pregnancy £136,730 grant awarded for a two year research project.  Led by Dr Hamilton, University of Glasgow.

Perrault syndrome: working towards new treatments for children with this rare condition £161,875 grant awarded for a three year research project.  Led by Professor Newman, University of Manchester.

Sickle cell disease: could an asthma medicine improve children’s intellectual abilities? £199,992 grant awarded for a two year research project.  Led by Professor Kirkham, University College London.

Brain damage at birth: could a diabetes medicine be protective? £193,585 grant awarded for a three year research project.  Led by Dr Rahim, University College London.

Neurofibromatosis type 2: finding new treatments for young people with this rare and disabling disease £65,061 grant awarded for a two year research project.  Led by Dr Ammoun, Plymouth University.

Epilepsy: are night-time breathing problems disrupting children’s sleep? £43,868 grant awarded for a two year research project.  Led by Dr R Urquhart, University of Edinburgh.

Premature birth: predicting who’s at risk £91,171 grant awarded for a 16 month research project.  Led by Professor Klein, University College London.

Searching for treatments for three rare neurodevelopmental disorders £197,474 grant awarded for a three year project.  Led by Dr Jungbluth, King’s College London.

Cystic fibrosis: protecting children from life-changing infections £185,269 grant awarded for a 30 month research project.  Led by Professor Fothergill, University of Liverpool.

Could a video game, combined with electrical brain stimulation, help children with ADHD? £199,999 grant awarded for a three year research project.  Led by Dr Rubia, King’s College London.

Research Training Fellowships 2017

Our Research Training Fellowship scheme is more than 40 years old and we have now funded 176 fellowships at a total value of over £13 million.

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

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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