Bristol leads research into serious baby condition | Action Medical Research

Bristol leads research into serious baby condition

1 February 2001
Bristol researchers are hoping to curb the number of premature babies who develop a serious and disabling brain complication, thanks to new charity funding. Professors at both the city’s University of Bristol Medical School, Southmead Hospital, and St Michael's Hospital have been awarded almost £115,000 by leading medical research charity, Action Research. The pioneering two-year study aims to help prevent hydrocephalus (water on the brain), which can result in cerebral palsy and multiple disability such as epilepsy, blindness or deafness. Although several hundred babies are affected in the UK each year, previous treatments for hydrocephalus have been frustrating, with many babies having to depend on an implanted device (shunt) to redirect the excess fluid elsewhere in their body. Action Research, which is approaching its 50th anniversary, is dedicated to overcoming disease and disability by funding research at the cutting edge of medicine. With this latest funding, researchers aim to develop new preventative methods, thereby avoiding the need for shunt surgery. Action Research launched its Touching Lives Campaign early last year, which aims to raise £1.5m for vital medical research to benefit children and families across the UK. Visit the website at For further information, please contact Nicole Duckworth in the Action Research press office on 01403 327403 Fax: 01403 210541, or email
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