West Sussex-based charity investing £1.3 million in research for sick children and babies
West Sussex-based Action Medical Research – the leading UK-wide medical research charity dedicated to helping babies and children – has today announced grants worth more than £1.3 million for top researchers across the country.
The charity, in Horsham, 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 out a total of £1,327,459 across nine different research projects including studies looking into ADHD, epilepsy and brain damage in babies.
• Corneal fragility – brittle cornea syndrome, two years, £96,206 granted to researchers at St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester and the University of Manchester
• Pre-eclampsia – vitamin D deficiency in pregnancy, three years, £182,012 granted to researchers at the University of Birmingham and Birmingham Women’s Hospital
• Brain damage in newborn babies: can inhaled gases during labour help?, two years, £119,906 awarded to researchers at Imperial College London and University College London.
• Birth asphyxia – diagnosing fetal distress during labour, three years, £133,262 awarded to researchers at the John Radcliffe Hospital, University of Oxford and St George’s Hospital, London
• ADHD – developing a neurofeedback treatment, thirty months, £197,365 awarded to researchers at King’s College London.
• Vitamin D deficiency in South Asian children in the UK, eighteen months, £150,291 awarded to researchers at the University of Manchester, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and Manchester Royal Infirmary
• Genetic causes of Startle Disease, two years, £124,835 awarded to researchers at The School of Pharmacy, London, and the College of Medicine, Swansea
• Epilepsy in babies – improving seizure detection, two years, £131,150 awarded to researchers at The Rosie Hospital, Cambridge University, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge and University College London.
• Preterm birth - reversing the harmful effects of oxygen, three years, £192,431 awarded to researchers at The Rosie Hospital, University of Cambridge.
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Dr 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.”
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.
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.