Leading Birmingham researchers awarded grant to help sick babies | Action Medical Research

Leading Birmingham researchers awarded grant to help sick babies

13 January 2012

Leading Birmingham researchers have been given more than £180,000 in a grant by children’s charity Action Medical Research, to carry out studies which aim to help reduce the suffering of sick babies and children.

The charity has been supporting significant medical breakthroughs for nearly 60 years, and has today announced the grants awarded to institutions in Birmingham totalling £182,012 for work on vitamin D insufficiency in pregnancy and a possible link to the condition pre-eclampsia. (see below for full grant details)

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.

Dr Alexandra Dedman, Senior Research Evaluation Manager, 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 these grant awards.”

The full details of the grant awarded are as follows:

Pre-eclampsia – vitamin D insufficiency in pregnancy - £182,012 awarded over three years to the School of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham and Birmingham Women’s Hospital.

As many as 95 per cent of pregnant women in the UK may have low Vitamin D levels and there is evidence to suggest that pregnant women with lower levels are more likely to develop pre-eclampsia – a high blood pressure condition which can affect the mother during pregnancy. Pre-eclampsia affects up to eight per cent of all pregnancies and can be potentially life-threatening for the mother and baby. The researchers will be using both clinical and laboratory models to try to establish if there is a link between lower levels of vitamin D in mothers and pre-eclampsia.

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Toni Slater, Interim Communications Manager
T: 01403 327478
E: tslater@action.org.uk
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Action Medical Research - the leading UK-wide medical research charity dedicated to helping babies and children - is celebrating 60 years of vital research in 2012. We’ve been funding medical breakthroughs since we began in 1952 and have spent more than £100 million on research that has helped save thousands of children’s lives and changed many more. 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

But there is still so much more to do. Make 2012 a special year and help fund more life-changing research for some of the UK’s sickest babies and children.

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