Making an impact in Northern Ireland
Action Medical Research began in 1952 as the National Fund for Poliomyelitis Research, with the aim of stopping the feared polio virus. Much of this early work was conducted in Northern Ireland, and the charity has maintained a strong track record here ever since.
A few examples of the pioneering partnership of Action Medical Research and Northern Ireland researchers include: halting the spread of polio in the UK, improving guidelines for drug treatment in children, checking the safety of steroid use in newborn babies, fighting the progression of diabetic retinopathy (a complication of diabetes that leads to blindness and visual impairment) and helping bone fractures heal.
In 2007, the charity funded two research projects in Northern Ireland, investigating age-related macular degeneration and urinary incontinence. Action Medical Research’s commitment to helping push the boundaries of medicine in Northern Ireland is set to continue.