Medical researchers based in Slough have received just over £99,000 to help them with their studies thanks to Action Research - one of the UK’s leading medical research charities.
The two-year study is split between researchers at the Department of Paediatrics, Wexham Park Hospital in Slough and the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford. The project will study teenagers who were treated with steroids when they were pre-term babies.
This project is a follow-up study on an international trial Action Research helped fund in 1986 that demonstrated that babies treated with steroids came off their ventilators earlier. These children, who are now teenagers aged between 11 and 14, will be fully assessed on their lung function, growth and intellectual outcome.
Anne Luther, Director General of Action Research, said: "When any new treatment enters use - such as using steroids to help vulnerable pre-term babies - it is essential to do a long-term follow-up to be sure there are no unexpected adverse outcomes."
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