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Investing £1.4 million in research for sick children and babies

20 September 2010

Action Medical Research – the leading UK-wide medical research charity dedicated to helping babies and children – has today announced grants worth over £1.4 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 £1,421.322 across ten different research projects including studies looking into pregnancy complications and premature birth.

  • Brain damage & cerebral palsy prevention in newborns – 2 year study - £193,427 awarded to a group of researchers across various London-based institutes
  • Preventing visual impairment and blindness in premature babies – 2 year study - £112,923 awarded to Queen’s University Belfast
  • Preterm labour prediction in low risk women – three month study - £20,191 awarded to King’s College London and St Thomas Hospital
  • Prematurity and mathematics disabilities – 2 year study - £159,464 awarded to University College London, University of Nottingham and University of Leicester
  • Primary ciliary dyskinesia – investigating the role of proteins in this genetic disease – 2 year study - £99,954 awarded to University College London
  • Pregnancy complications – understanding energy supply from the placenta – 3 year study - £162,391 – awarded to University of Cambridge
  • Learning disabilities – identifying the causes – 2.5 year study - £124,917 awarded to St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester, and the University of Manchester
  • Pre-eclampsia – why do cells in the placenta die? - 3-year study - £159,170 awarded to St George’s University of London and St George’s Hospital NHS Trust
  • Preterm labour prevention and protecting the baby’s brain – 3 year study - £167,347 awarded to various institutes in London
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – 3 year study - £194,528 awarded to King’s College London

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.

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 grant awards.”

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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