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Action Medical Research announces seven new grants for research to help sick babies and children

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Children’s charity Action Medical Research has confirmed funding for seven new studies to help sick babies and children. With a combined value of more than £1.1 million, the charity’s latest grant round will see top research teams investigating areas including cerebral palsy, vision problems, speech impairment and the infectious disease scarlet fever.

Through its gold standard peer review process, the charity finds and funds the very best research that is most likely to make a difference to children’s lives.

The seven new studies, all due to commence in late 2017 or early 2018, are:

Developmental delay in young children – improving early diagnosis
A 12 month study led by Dr S J Johnson, PhD CPsychol AFBPsS at the University of Leicester

Scarlet fever and streptococcal infections – stopping the spread of infection
A two year study led by Professor S Sriskandan, FRCP PhD at Imperial College London

Preterm children – identifying those at risk of anxiety problems
A three year study led by Dr C Nosarti, PhD at King’s College London

Amblyopia (lazy eye) – safety and acceptability of a new treatment
A 22 month study led by Dr A H Dahlmann-Noor, Dr med PhD FRCOphth FRCS(Ed) D at Moorfields Eye Hospital and University College London

Craniosynostosis – investigating drug treatment
A two year study led by Dr D Jenkins, BSc PhD at great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health University College London

Cerebral palsy – measuring the benefits of physical activity
A 21 month study led by Professor H Dawes, PhD MMedSci MCSP at Oxford Brookes University

Specific language impairment – understanding genetic mechanisms
A three year study led by Dr S Paracchini, DPhil at the University of St Andrews

Director of Research at Action Medical Research Dr Tracy Swinfield said: “We are very pleased to be funding these new studies at top universities and hospitals across the UK. We are passionate about supporting talented and dedicated research teams to take vital steps towards greater understanding of rare diseases, disabling conditions and issues that can affect tiny, vulnerable babies.”




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Action Medical Research is a leading UK-wide charity saving and changing children’s lives through medical research. For 65 years, we’ve helped pioneer ways to prevent disease and develop treatments benefiting millions of people. Our research has helped to beat polio in the UK, develop ultrasound in pregnancy, fight meningitis and prevent stillbirths. But we urgently need to develop more new treatments and cures for sick babies and children and we can’t do it without you.

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