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Three new Research Training Fellowships awarded by children’s charity

2 May 2012

Action Medical Research, the leading UK-wide medical research charity dedicated to helping babies and children, has today announced it is funding three new Research Training Fellowships worth more than half a million pounds.

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.

We support promising doctors and researchers early in their careers through our prestigious Research Training Fellowships ensuring high quality research both now and in the future.

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

  • Diabetes during pregnancy: what puts babies at risk of diabetes too?
    Dr K M Logan, of Imperial College London
    , was awarded £189,234 to study how babies are affected when their mothers develop diabetes during pregnancy. Focusing on changes in babies’ body fat and naturally occurring substances in urine, her work could eventually lead to ways to identify and prevent babies at highest risk of becoming obese and developing type 2 diabetes.
  • Flat feet: which children need surgery?
    Mr A Kothari, of the University of Oxford
    , was awarded £183,004 to study new ways to predict which children will develop disability as a result of being flat footed. Some children with the condition go on to develop considerable disability. It is hoped that his work could help guide surgeons when deciding whether a child would benefit from an operation to recreate the arches of their feet.
  • Manganese toxicity: tackling this disabling metabolic imbalance
    Dr K Tuschl, of the UCL Institute of Child Health
    , was awarded £200,000 to study effective treatments for manganese toxicity (hypermanganesaemia). The condition is associated with serious, and sometimes life threatening, neurological childhood disorders affecting speech and mobility and also with liver cirrhosis in some children.

Caroline Johnston, Research Evaluation Manager, said: “The Research Training Fellowship scheme is the cornerstone of Action Medical Research’s commitment to develop the research expertise and skills of the future.”

“By giving the brightest and best doctors and researchers the chance to train in research techniques early in their career, we are helping to ensure that the first-rate medical research work that Action Medical Research has become synonymous with will continue for a long time to come.”

Action Medical Research funds a total of approximately £3 million worth of research grants every year. As well as supporting project grants, awarded in the summer and autumn, the charity also awards Research Training Fellowships annually each February.

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Action Medical Research - the leading UK-wide medical research charity dedicated to helping babies and children - is celebrating 60 years of vital research in 2012. We’ve been funding medical breakthroughs since we began in 1952 and have spent more than £100 million on research that has helped save thousands of children’s lives and changed many more. 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.

But there is still so much more to do. Make 2012 a special year and help fund more life-changing research for some of the UK’s sickest babies and children.


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