Children’s health charity awards over £120,000 to top Manchester researchers for study on learning disabilities in children | Action Medical Research

Children’s health charity awards over £120,000 to top Manchester researchers for study on learning disabilities in children

20 September 2010

Top researchers in Manchester have been awarded £124,917 by children’s health charity, Action Medical Research, to fund their pioneering work to try to identify the causes of learning disabilities in children.

The charity has been supporting significant medical breakthroughs for nearly 60 years, and has today announced its funding for this key research taking place in Manchester.

The research team from the Department of Genetic Medicine at St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester, and the University of Manchester will be spending two and a half years on research to try to understand the causes of severe types of learning disabilities, especially those associated with epilepsy, lack of speech or difficulty with movements.

Finding a cause for these conditions will provide information as to how to manage them in the best way and will help to answer parents’ questions as to why this happened to their child.

Ultimately identifying an underlying cause might also help the development of more effective treatments. The researchers would like to identify causes for this group of disorders, then develop simple and effective ways of testing for them and guide doctors as to how to use the tests.

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 today, our latest grant award.”

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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