Children’s charity awards more than £800,000 for research to help sick and vulnerable babies | Action Medical Research

Children’s charity awards more than £800,000 for research to help sick and vulnerable babies

20 September 2010

Action Medical Research – the leading UK-wide medical research charity dedicated to helping babies and children – has today announced grants worth £842,459 for top researchers investigating ways to help tackle premature birth and help sick and vulnerable  babies.

The charity has been supporting significant medical breakthroughs for nearly 60 years, and today has announced funding of the following research grants into pregnancy complications and conditions affecting babies.

Today, the charity has awarded a total of £842,459 across six different research projects including studies looking into pregnancy complications and premature birth:

  • Brain damage & cerebral palsy prevention in newborns – 2 year study - £193,427 awarded to a group of researchers across various London-based institutes
  • Preventing visual impairment and blindness in premature babies – 2 year study - £112,923 awarded to Queen’s University Belfast.
  • Prediction of pre-term labour in low risk women – 3 month study - £47,201 awarded to St Thomas Hospital and King’s College London
  • Pregnancy complications – understanding energy supply from the placenta – 3 year study -£162,391 – awarded to University of Cambridge
  • Pre-eclampsia – why do cells in the placenta die? 3-year study - £159,170 awarded to St George’s University of London and St George’s Hospital NHS Trust
  • Preterm labour prevention and protecting the baby’s brain – 3 year study - £167,347 awarded to various institutes in London

None of our work would be possible without the generosity of people who make donations, raise funds and take part in events, as well as our trust and corporate partners. Action Medical Research receives no income from the government or any other statutory source.

Yolande Harley, Deputy Director of Research, said: “Action Medical Research has a proud history of funding research that has benefited thousands of babies and their families. We supported the research teams that discovered the importance of taking folic acid before and during pregnancy to prevent spina bifida, and helped introduce ultrasound scanning in pregnancy.

“We are also currently funding ongoing projects which highlight our determination to tackle premature birth, including research which hopes to ultimately lead to developing treatments that will enable doctors to prevent or stop early birth.

“We are delighted that these projects will now add to the wealth of research being funded by Action Medical Research in this important area which has the potential to change and save the lives of babies.”

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Action Medical Research is the leading UK-wide medical research charity dedicated to helping babies and children. We know that medical research can save and change children’s lives. For nearly 60 years we have been instrumental in significant medical breakthroughs, including the development of the UK polio vaccine and ultrasound scanning in pregnancy. Today, we continue to find and fund the very best medical research to help stop the suffering of babies and children caused by disease and disability. We want to make a difference in:

  • tackling premature birth and treating sick and vulnerable babies
  • helping children affected by disability, disabling conditions and infections
  • targeting rare diseases that together severely affect many forgotten children.
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