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Meet the researchers

Dr Jo Cook

“In my time as a doctor on the wards, I saw first-hand the distress premature birth can cause. It drove me to take action to unravel the mystery of why some women go into labour early.

Thanks to Action supporters, I’m now working hard to develop a simple blood test that could identify early on in pregnancy whether a woman is likely to go into labour early.

I hope that one day my work will stop babies being born too soon. I’m convinced it could help lead us to a breakthrough that will save lives.”

Dr Adeline Ngoh

Action Medical Research fellow Dr Adeline Ngoh is investigating the causes of Landau Kleffner syndrome. A rare brain disorder which is estimated to affect up to one in every 300,000 children.

“Children with LKS develop normally for the first few years of life, but then lose their ability to understand speech and to speak meaningfully. Many children also start to have seizures.

Children with LKS no longer understand what is being said to them, and other people can’t understand what the children are trying to say, as their speech does not make sense. Even everyday sounds such as a telephone ringing may lose their meaning.

Despite the disability that LKS causes, not much is known about the condition. I hope to develop our understanding of what causes the disease and find some answers for children and their families facing this condition”

Professor Andrew Peet

“My research group is busy looking at how to get vital information about tumours inside children’s brains using specialised MRI scans. With this information we’re confident we’ll be able to better predict how aggressive each child’s cancer is likely to be much sooner and more accurately. Children with the most aggressive tumours could then immediately be given the most intensive treatment, which could boost their chances of survival and children whose tumours are not so life-threatening could be given less intensive treatment, sparing them from some of the lifelong disabilities that treatment can cause.”

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