Each day, Sparks researchers are making an extraordinary impact in achieving cures and treatments for complex childhood illnesses. Since 1991, we have funded more than 300 ground-breaking child health research projects in over 90 hospitals, universities and research institutions across the UK and overseas.
In February 2017, we partnered with Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) Charity merging our national research funds, making up to £2 million available. This is the largest fund in the UK dedicated to child health research and will benefit children nationally and around the world.
Find out more about the pioneering children’s medical research we fund.
Many inherited rare diseases have no drugs to treat them and we do not fully understand how a mutation in a particular gene affects the cell and leads to disease. Dr Sara Mole and her team will try to identify new drugs to treat Batten disease.
Professor Cox is leading a team that will look into rescuing brain cells in Krabbe disease, a very rare and fatal degenerative disease.
Dancing eye syndrome
Dancing Eye Syndrome is a rare, neurological condition. We speak with Ben’s parents about their experience and Sparks-funded researcher Dr Ming Lim about the project we are funding into the condition.
Amanda Davies’ daughter, Molly, was born prematurely. Amanda tells us their story and we speak to Sparks-funded researcher, Dr Topun Austin, about the work that’s being done to help prevent disability in babies born prematurely.
Although epilepsy affects children of all ages, young children are more likely to be severely affected and the condition can have a devastating impact on their lives. Professor Helen Cross and her team hope to identify causes of different types of epilepsy in very young children in order to develop more effective treatments.