Action Medical Research has been funding medical breakthroughs since we began nearly 70 years ago.
We have helped to beat polio, fight meningitis, prevent stillbirths and develop ultrasound scanning in pregnancy, helping to save thousands of children’s lives and change many more.
Today we continue to tackle the challenges disease and disability present by funding high quality research to save and change children’s lives and are driving forward research to help protect children in the fight against COVID-19.
Surprisingly, medical research tackling childhood diseases is poorly funded in the UK. Action Medical Research has a critical job to do in helping fill this gap to protect children.
The prospects for finding new cures and treatments is almost within our grasp. Right now we are funding vital research projects with many more ready to go – but we simply can’t fund them all.
With your help, we’re determined to change this and make a real difference to children's lives.
The charity was founded in 1952 by Duncan Guthrie in his quest to find a cure for polio, a condition that affected the lives of many thousands of children including his own daughter, Janet.
Early research funded by the charity helped to develop the first oral polio vaccine which eradicated new cases of the disease in the UK.
Since then we’ve continued to fund vital research projects to save and change lives through medical research.
Action in Numbers
We are funding more than 60 top quality projects, including Research Training Fellowships, at leading hospitals, universities and specialist centres across the UK.
Currently funded projects include research into COVID-19 and children, asthma, prematurity, epilepsy, meningitis, cerebral palsy, brain cancer and some rare and distressing conditions.
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Action Medical Research has some very distinguished supporters who voluntarily give their time and expertise.
Many of the research projects we support involve working directly with patients who have been affected by a disease or disability.
Scotland has long been a place of medical discovery and Action Medical Research has made a significant contribution to its innovation.
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We fund high quality research to save and change children's lives.