Children’s health charity awards over £100,000 to top Belfast researchers to study blindness in babies | Action Medical Research

Children’s health charity awards over £100,000 to top Belfast researchers to study blindness in babies

20 September 2010

Top researchers in Belfast have been awarded £112,923 by children’s health charity Action Medical Research to fund their pioneering work into preventing visual impairment and blindness in premature babies.

The charity has been supporting significant medical breakthroughs for nearly 60 years, and has today announced funding for this key research taking place at Queen’s University, Belfast.

The research team from the Centre for Vision and Vascular Science and Centre for Biomedical Science Education at the University will be spending two years investigating ways to preserve the delicate blood vessels of the eye and so prevent visual impairment and blindness in young children.

The aim of their project is to try to find a way to help prevent retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) – an eye disease which primarily affects premature babies and is a major cause of visual impairment and blindness.

None of the charity’s 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: “At Action Medical Research we are determined to stop the suffering of babies and children caused by disease and disability. We know that medical research can save and change children’s lives. The charity finds and funds some of the best medical research in the world for the benefit of babies, children and young people.

“Our gold standard scientific review process ensures that we only fund the best doctors and researchers in children’s hospitals, specialist units and universities across the UK and we are delighted to announce this grant awarded today.”

Notes to editors:

For further information please contact:
Claudine Weeks, Communications Manager
Tel: 01403 327478
Email: cweeks@action.org.uk

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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