Action works with other charities where it helps move forward important medical research for children.
As an example, we funded the first major UK scientific study into multiple sclerosis (MS) in children together with the MS Society, in the hope of making a significant step forward in understanding this devastating neurological condition.
We also funded a four year project developing a new, computerised way of interpreting MRI scans of babies’ brains together with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
Our gold standard peer review process is highly regarded and other organisations often join us to fund research recommended by Action’s expert Scientific Advisory Panel. We are currently working with a number of other charities including The Brain Tumour Charity, to fund a study to identify the best treatment for children with brain cancer, as well as Sands and New Zealand based charity Cure Kids, to fund a project on stillbirth. We are working together with Neuroblastoma UK to fund a study to help develop a new treatment for children with cancer and another project to help children's immune systems to fight cancer. We are also working with the Cystic Fibrosis Trust to fund a study into cystic fibrosis and chest infections and another into cystic fibrosis and spinal muscular atrophy.
We also worked with the MRC to jointly fund a Clinical Research Training Fellow.
We are also working with the British Paediatric Neurology Association (BPNA) to co-fund a Research Training Fellowship award in the field of childhood neurological diseases, including muscle disease.
We have teamed up with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Charitable Trust to support research into paediatric non-acquired brain injury and paediatric cerebral palsy and are jointly funding a project to help young people with cerebral palsy and another to help children with developmental coordination disorder.
Action Medical Research has teamed up with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and is jointly funding 13 project grants from across the UK.
We are working with the Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office (CSO) to jointly fund two projects - one to help improve speech therapy for children with cleft lip or palate and one on vision in children born to mothers taking methadone in pregnancy.
We will also be working with the charity, Borne, to fund up to £500,000 a year of new research from 2017-19, identified through our peer review system, to prevent death and disability in babies and children as a result of pregnancy complications and premature birth.