H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh hosts charity’s 40th Fellowship anniversary at Buckingham Palace | Action Medical Research

H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh hosts charity’s 40th Fellowship anniversary at Buckingham Palace

8 March 2013

A group of doctors and scientists will share their vital work with His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron of children’s charity Action Medical Research, at a special reception at Buckingham Palace on the evening of Tuesday 12 March.

The Reception will be held in the Blue Drawing Room of the Palace and will celebrate 40 years of the charity’s Research Training Fellowship scheme.

Despite enormous progress achieved in medicine, there are still hundreds of thousands of children affected by disease and disability in the UK today who need the hope that medical research provides.

One of the ways Action Medical Research drives medical progress is through its prestigious fellowship scheme. Each year, some of the most promising young doctors and scientists are awarded a fellowship, enabling them to carry out a key piece of research while developing their expertise and skills as researchers.

Attending the reception will be former Action Research Training fellows, now eminent in their field, and also some of the most recent fellows starting out on their research careers. [Please see notes to editors for full list of names, institutions and fellowships] Amongst around 100 guests will be key supporters, including representatives from corporate partners Marks & Spencer, Wiggle, Tesco and One Stop.

Former fellow Professor Bobby Gaspar of UCL Institute of Child Health, will be speaking. Now working at the forefront of life-saving gene therapy for sick babies, he says: “Research is crucial to improving the lives of sick babies and children. The Research Training Fellowship awarded to me by Action Medical Research was crucial to my continuing studies and to advancement in laboratory science, which ultimately informed groundbreaking advances in treatment.”

With the help of key supporters the charity hopes to fund still more Fellows who will go on to save and change children’s lives through medical research. The charity is currently supporting work around Down syndrome, meningitis, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, premature birth and some very rare conditions that severely affect children.



The Research Training Fellow, past and present, who will attend the Action Medical Research reception at Buckingham Palace are:

1. Dr Lily Islam, UCL Institute of Child Health, London and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. Blindness in children – searching for genes. Awarded 2009.
2. Professor Donald Peebles, UCL. Infrared scanning of high risk babies during delivery. Awarded 1990.
3. Professor Bobby Gaspar, UCL Institute of Child Health, London. Gene therapy techniques for babies born with life-threatening primary immunodeficiencies. Awarded 1993.
4. Dr Despina Eleftheriou, UCL Institute of Child Health, London. Stroke in children. Awarded 2009.
5. Dr Manju Kurian, UCL Institute of Child Health, London. Infantile spasms and MRST syndrome - searching for genes. Awarded 2008.
6. Dr Karen Logan, Imperial College London. Diabetes during pregnancy: what puts babies at risk of diabetes too? Awarded 2012.
7. Mr David Wilkinson, Alder Hey Children's Hospital. Hirschsprung's Disease: could stem cell transplants help babies with this serious bowel disorder? Awarded 2011.

For more information on the Reception please contact:

Toby Tennant, Head of Relationship Fundraising
T 01403 327436
E ttennant@action.org.uk

For further information on Action Medical Research please contact:

Toni Slater, Communications Manager
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Action Medical Research is a UK-wide charity saving and changing children’s lives through medical research.

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.

Just one breakthrough, however small, can mean the world.

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