Royal Patron hosts reception at Buckingham Palace | Action Medical Research

Royal Patron hosts reception at Buckingham Palace

25 March 2015

His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh, welcomed over 100 Action guests, including researchers, doctors, scientists and business people to a champagne and canapé reception on 24 March 2015 at Buckingham Palace to celebrate his 60th year as Patron of children’s charity, Action Medical Research. His Royal Highness has kindly hosted many events for the charity over the years, but this one, held in the Blue Drawing Room, was particularly special.

The event marked the sixty years of which His Royal Highness has been patron, during which time Action Medical Research has helped fund a number of breakthroughs including the introduction of the first polio vaccines in the UK, developing the use of ultrasound in pregnancy, testing the early rubella vaccine and discovering the importance of taking folic acid before and during pregnancy to prevent spina bifida.  The charity currently funds research to help sick and disabled babies, children and young people and has more than £11m invested in the work of more than 240 top researchers working on over 75 projects across the UK.

Dr Andy Ewer, Consultant Neonatologist at Birmingham’s Women’s Hospital, gave a speech about the significance of the charity today and the role it is playing in funding research into improving the diagnosis of necrotising enterocolitis (bowel problems in newborn babies). In addition to his fascinating presentation, there was a chance for guests to learn about six additional studies, currently being funded by the charity, which were represented by researchers with stands placed around the drawing-room. These included Ms Lauren Heathcote – Chronic pain; Dr Shivani Bailey – Germ cell cancers, protecting children from the side effects of treatment and saving more lives; Cystic fibrosis – developing a new type of inhaled treatment; Professor Michael J Fagan – Perthes’ disease: identifying who is at risk and why; Professor Nicola Robertson – brain damage at birth: could drug treatment help babies who need cooling therapy?; and Dr Samantha Johnson and Professor Neil Marlow – improving very premature children’s attainment in maths. 

Phil Hodkinson, Chair of Action Medical Research said, “We feel very honoured that His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has been our Patron for 60 years and continues to support the charity. It was a lovely occasion and a wonderful opportunity for our advocates and researchers to mix and get to know each other, and the work of the charity, better.”

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Action Medical Research is a leading UK-wide charity working to save and change children’s lives through medical research. We believe that the diseases that devastate the lives of so many of our children can be beaten. We have been funding medical breakthroughs since we began in 1952 like the first polio vaccines in the UK, ultrasound in pregnancy and the rubella vaccine – helping to save thousands of children’s lives and change many more.

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

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