Current research

Since 1991, Sparks has funded over 285 research projects in more than 90 hospitals, universities and research institutions in the UK.
This team wants to develop the first-ever treatment for premature foetal membrane damage, reducing the number of premature births and rupture-related infections
The research aims to close the gap in the roof of the mouth, with a special material that will grow with children
Dr Simon Waddington and his team at UCL are investigating whether gene therapy could be used to treat Dravet syndrome.
X-linked lymphoproliferative syndrome (XLP), University of Zurich, £50,000
Premature birth, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, £59,919
Neuroblastoma, Brunel University, £106,941
Childhood cancer, University of Strathclyde, £140,904
Cystic fibrosis, University College London, £150,000 (co-funded by the Cystic Fibrosis Trust)
Brittle bone disease, Sheffield Children's Hospital, £25,800
Influenza, University of Liverpool, £86,164
Premature birth, King's College London, £148,275
Batten disease, Cardiff University, £16,200
Batten disease, King's College London, £50,000
Birth asphyxia, King's College London, £57,740