Children’s health charity awards over £1million to top London researchers | Action Medical Research

Children’s health charity awards over £1million to top London researchers

20 September 2010

Top researchers in London have today been awarded just over £1 million in grants by Action Medical Research – the leading UK-wide medical research charity dedicated to helping babies and children.

The charity has been supporting significant medical breakthroughs for nearly 60 years, and has today announced £1,021,091 funding for key research taking place in London.

Brain damage & cerebral palsy prevention in newborns – 2 year study - £193,427 awarded to a joint research team from:

  • Neonatology Department and Perinatal Brain Repair Group, Institute for Women’s Health, University College London
  • Department of Anaesthetics, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine & Department of Leucocyte Biology, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
  • Department of Surgery and Cancer, Hammersmith Hospital
  • Imperial College London
  • Institute of Neurology, University College London
  • Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering, UCLH NHS Foundation Trust

Primary ciliary dyskinesia – investigating the role of proteins in this genetic disease – 2 year study - £99,954 awarded to the Molecular Medicine Unit and General and Adolescent Paediatric Unit, Institute of Child Health, University College London

Pre-eclampsia – why do cells in the placenta die? 3-year study - £159,170 awarded to the Division of Basic Medical Sciences, Centre for Developmental and Endocrine Signalling, St George’s University of London and the Fetal Medicine Unit, St George’s Hospital NHS Trust

Prematurity and Mathematics Disabilities
– 2 year study - £159,464 awarded to  the Department of Academic Neonatology, Institute for Women’s Health, University College London, with the University of Nottingham and the University of Leicester.

Prediction of preterm labour in low risk women – 3 month study - £47,201 awarded to the Department of Women’s Health, St Thomas Hospital and Maternal and Fetal Research Unit, Kings College, London.

Preterm labour prevention and protecting the baby’s brain
– 3 year study - £167,347 awarded to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Parturition Research Group, Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College London and the Division of Reproduction and Endocrinology, St Thomas Hospital, King’s College, London.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – 3 year study - £194,528 awarded to the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London

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 our latest grants awarded to top London researchers.”

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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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