Southampton researchers granted more than £80,000 to look at links with anxiety, memory and educational performance in children | Action Medical Research

Southampton researchers granted more than £80,000 to look at links with anxiety, memory and educational performance in children

22 February 2011

Researchers in Southampton have just been awarded a grant of more than £80,000 by Action Medical Research – the leading UK-wide medical research charity dedicated to helping babies and children.

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 £83,282 to the Developmental Brain- Behaviour Laboratory, School of Psychology, University of Southampton for a project investigating the effectiveness of working memory training to increase educational achievements and reduce anxiety in young people.

Anxiety in children and young people is associated with atypical behaviours such as excessive crying, persistent fears and anxious apprehension that interfere with daily routines and the development of relationships. 

Anxiety and depression can affect up children and adolescents.  Symptoms associated with clinical or subclinical levels of anxiety can be found in children as young as three years of age and these often continue from childhood into adulthood. 

The impact of anxiety is significant, placing children and young people at risk for academic underachievement, social and peer difficulties and the development of depression and physical health problems such as increased blood pressure. Studies have consistently found a negative association between anxiety and educational achievement. 

Action Medical Research funds a total of approximately £3 million worth of research grants every year, with grant rounds in the spring and autumn.   As well as supporting project grants, the charity also awards Research Training Fellowships.

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.

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 our latest grant awards.”

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Action Medical Researchis 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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