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Charities working together to fight rare diseases for children

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Children’s charity Action Medical Research and British life science medical research charity LifeArc are pleased to announce new investment of up to £1 million through joint funding of translational research projects from across the UK focused on children’s rare diseases.

Thousands of families across the UK are coping with the challenge of caring for children with rare and devastating diseases for which there are no cures.

This joint funding will be used to support projects that have moved beyond the basic understanding of disease mechanism into the development of an intervention (therapeutic, diagnostic or device) that will benefit children with rare diseases.

The charities are already jointly funding two new projects awarded in 2019 at a total of £499,457 to help children living with rare diseases. One aims to improve gene therapy for Hunter syndrome, a progressive disease that affects many different parts of the body. In its most severe form, this devastating disease causes profound disability and affected children are unlikely to survive beyond their teenage years. The other is exploring a new targeted drug combination, which could improve the outlook for young patients with a rare form of acute leukaemia.

Hunter syndrome: improving gene therapy for this rare and devastating disease

Led by Professor Brian Bigger at the Division of Cell Matrix Biology and Regenerative Medicine, The University of Manchester

Childhood leukaemia: investigating a new drug treatment

Led by Dr Owen Williams at the Developmental Biology and Cancer Programme, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

The charities are pleased to announce that the next round of joint funding to support further projects in this area is now open. Applicants are invited to submit their outline applications by 3 March 2020 and will need to meet the guidelines on the Action Medical Research website. Projects of up to three years duration and costing £250,000 maximum will be considered. Final outcomes to applications made in this round will be announced in December 2020.




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LifeArc is a self-funded medical research charity. Our mission is to advance translation of early science into health care treatments or diagnostics that can be taken through to full development and made available to patients. We have been doing this for more than 25 years and our work has resulted in a diagnostic for antibiotic resistance and four licensed medicines. Our success allows us to explore new approaches to stimulate and fund translation.

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