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Three new Research Training Fellowships awarded by Action Medical Research

1 July 2014

Action Medical Research, the leading UK-wide charity funding vital research to help sick and disabled babies children and young people, has today announced it is funding three new Research Training Fellowships worth £553,901.

Research Training Fellows carry out a key piece of research to help children and undertake training to develop their research expertise.

Medical research can save and change children’s lives. Yet surprisingly, medical research into conditions that devastate children’s lives is poorly funded.

Over more than 40 years, Action Medical Research has funded 170 fellowships at a total value of over £12 million .

Today, the charity is proud to announce the latest recipients of its Research Training Fellowship programme:

• Dr J R Cook, of the Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology, Imperial College London, was awarded £156,036 to study microRNAs; with the aim of producing a test which can be used very early in pregnancy to predict which women are at risk of preterm labour.

• Dr S Bailey, of the Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge, was awarded £197,895 to study specific inhibitors of microRNAs present in malignant germ cell tumours; with the aim of developing effective, non-toxic treatments for children and young people.

• Dr M F Griffin, of the Division of Surgery and Interventional Science at University College London, was awarded £199,970 to develop ear implants for children using a unique synthetic polymer to overcome complications with existing surgical techniques and implants.

Caroline Johnston, Research Evaluation Manager, said: “The Research Training Fellowship scheme supports promising doctors and researchers early in their careers and develops future leaders in children’s research. We are proud that some of the leading children’s researchers today were Action Research Training Fellows”.

As well as supporting Research Training Fellowships, Action Medical Research also awards individual project grants. The charity is currently funding research into conditions including premature birth, epilepsy, meningitis and rare diseases.

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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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