£1.2 million research investment for sick and disabled babies and children
Action Medical Research – a UK-wide charity funding vital research to help sick and disabled babies and children – has today announced grants worth more than £1.2 million for top researchers across the UK.
In this latest round of funding, the charity has given out a total of £1,286,500 across 12 different research projects, including studies looking into: epilepsy, bacterial meningitis, multiple sclerosis and primary ciliary dyskinesia.
Congenital heart disease: developing stents for children, two years, £149,374 granted to researchers at the Royal Free Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital and the King’s College London.
Primary ciliary dyskinesia: helping communities at risk of this debilitating illness, two years, £118,734 awarded to researchers at the Institute of Child Health, London, and Bradford Royal Infirmary.
Auditory processing disorders: why do some children struggle to make sense of what they can hear? One and a half years, £19,140 awarded to researchers at the Ear Institute, University College London.
Bacterial meningitis in newborn babies: harnessing the body’s natural defences, two years, £114,845 granted to researchers at the University College London and Imperial College London.
Lazy eye (amblyopia): gathering hard evidence on the best way to restore children’s vision, three years, £199,207 awarded to researchers at Leicester Royal Infirmary, NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields Eye Hospital and University College London Institute of Opthalmology.
Perthes’ disease: identifying who’s at risk and why, three years, £139,348 awarded to researchers at the University of Hull, University of Southampton and Southampton General Hospital.
Spine curvature: improving care of children with this curvature of the spine, two and a half years, £135,692 awarded to researchers at the University of Leeds, St James University Hospital, Leeds and Leeds General Infirmary.
Premature babies: why are these babies at increased risk of ADHD? three years, £169,944 awarded to researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.
Dystonia: mapping the brain for more precise brain surgery for the distressing movement disorder, two years, £54,500 awarded to researchers at the Evelina Children’s Hospital and King’s College London.
Epilepsy in children: studying sleep and memory, two years, £123,892 awarded to researchers at Institute of Child Health, London, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Young Epilepsy, Surrey.
Multiple sclerosis: what causes damage and destruction of the nervous system? one year, £51,824 awarded to researchers at the Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, University of Glasgow.
- MRSA and C difficile infections: developing new antibiotics from maggot secretions, four months, £10,000 awarded to College of Medicine and College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University.
The charity does not receive any government funding. None of the research they fund would be possible without the support of people who generously spare their time as volunteers, make donations, raise funds and take part in events, leave gifts in their wills, as well as trust and corporate partners.
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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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