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Children’s charity Action Medical Research announces new grants worth more than £1.2 million

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Action Medical Research has announced seven new awards for vital research to help sick babies and children with a total value of £1,228,981.

The new studies, due to start later in 2018 or in early 2019 at leading universities and hospital across the UK, include:

  • A study into preventing or treating serious lung infections led by researchers at the University of Edinburgh.

  • Work to help children with juvenile arthritis at University College London.

  • Research at Newcastle University to help children with leukaemia focusing on reversing drug resistance if the cancer comes back.

  • A study using sophisticated brain scans to help identify babies at higher risk of developing autism or ADHD, at King’s College London and St Thomas’ Hospital

  • Two studies to help children with cerebral palsy: one investigating surgery to help with walking, at the University of Oxford, and one focusing on hand and arm rehabilitation, taking place at Newcastle University.

  • Research to protect vulnerable premature babies against potentially fatal necrotising enterocolitis (NEC) and other serious infections, at the University of Northumbria.

Director of Research at the charity Dr Tracy Swinfield said: “We seek and fund the very best medical research that is most likely to benefit sick and vulnerable babies and children. Our latest round of grants reflects Action Medical Research’s commitment to helping tiny, vulnerable premature babies, children with devastating diseases such as leukaemia, and children affected by disabling conditions such as cerebral palsy and juvenile arthritis.”

She added: “We are proud to be working with exceptional, talented researchers and are so grateful for support from our dedicated volunteers, eventers and donors without whom this important work simply wouldn’t be possible.”


Notes for Editors

Further details on each of the newly announced studies may be found by following these links on the Action website:

Bronchiolitis: developing ways to prevent or treat serious lung infections £180,527 awarded for a two year project.  Led by Dr Davidson, University of Edinburgh.

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis: personalising drug treatment £196,088 awarded for a three year project.  Led by Professor Hall-Craggs, University College London.

Autism and ADHD: using state-of-the-art brain scanning techniques to spot problems early £199,968 awarded for a three year project.  Led by Dr Arichi, St Thomas' Hospital, King's College London.

Cerebral palsy: investigating surgery to help walking £199,889 awarded for a three year project.  Led by Mr Theologis, University of Oxford.

Preterm infants: protection against necrotising enterocolitis and serious infections £175,826 awarded for a two year project.  Led by Dr Smith, University of Northumbria.

Cerebral palsy: hand and arm rehabilitation £68,563 awarded for a 18 month project.  Led by Dr Basu, Newcastle University.



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