Investing £1.2 million in research for babies and children
Action Medical Research – the leading UK-wide medical research charity dedicated to helping babies and children – has today announced grants worth more than £1.2 million for top researchers across the country.
The charity has been supporting significant medical breakthroughs for nearly 60 years, and today announced its latest round of funding to top research institutes at universities and hospitals investigating conditions affecting babies and children.
In this latest round of funding, the charity has given out a total of £1,232,652 across eleven different research projects including studies looking into obesity in children, premature labour and a vaccine for meningitis B.
- Preterm labour – the role of inflammation, three years, £192,936 granted to researchers at the University of Nottingham in conjunction with the University of Edinburgh.
- Obesity in children – sleep patterns, three years, £138,762 granted to researchers at the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital and Birmingham University
- Bowel problems in newborns – improving diagnosis of necrotising enterocolitis, two and a half years, £131,638 granted to researchers at various institutions in Birmingham and Bristol
- Obesity in children – the energy balance circuit, two years, £68,194awarded to researchers at the University of Aberdeen.
- Anxiety and working memory in children and young people, two years, £83,282 awarded to researchers at the University of Southampton.
- Meningitis B – developing a novel vaccine, two years, £148,052 awarded to researchers at various institutions in Oxford.
- Neurofibromatosis type two, two years, £114,409 awarded to researchers at Peninsula Medical School, Plymouth.
- Retinopathy of prematurity, two years, £124,652 awarded to researchers at Queens University Belfast and the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast.
- Movement Difficulties, one and a half years, £64,263 awarded to researchers at the University of Leeds.
- Preterm birth – the role of the maternal immune system, two years, £119,332 awarded to researchers at a variety of institutions in London and Cambridge.
- Sickle cell disease – a new diagnostic test, one year, £47,132 awarded to researchers at a variety of institutions.
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.
Dr Tracy Swinfield, 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 grant awards.”
Action Medical Research funds a total of approximately £3 million worth of research grants every year, with grant rounds in the spring and autumn. As well as supporting project grants, the charity also awards Research Training Fellowships.
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Action Medical Researchis 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.