28 February 2018

Sparks and GOSH Charity to invest £2.1m in child health research

Sparks and charity partner Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity have announced they will invest £2.1 million in child health research projects across the UK.

Researchers from across the UK were invited to apply for funding as part of our national call and the increased investment has been made possible thanks to the charities joining forces last year.

This commitment to paediatric research funding reflects Sparks and GOSH’s ambition to help unlock breakthroughs in children’s medicines that will find treatments and cures for seriously ill children with rare and complex conditions.

The £2.1 million will fund 14 research projects at 10 different Universities across the UK from Plymouth to Liverpool, looking at treatments for a range of diseases such as stem cell therapy for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, immunotherapy treatment for brain tumours, new treatments for children with motor neuron disease, and diagnostic techniques to determine the best treatment for children with cerebral palsy.

These projects reflect the ambition of the call to demonstrate a strong partnership between clinical and laboratory-based research and will enable new treatments to be brought from the lab bench to the patient’s bedside, speeding up the diagnosis and treatment of complex conditions.

Tim Johnson, Chief Executive of Sparks and Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, said: “For many seriously ill children, research is their only hope, yet paediatric research is severely underfunded, receiving only five per cent of public and charitable funding research in the UK each year.

“By making more money available to researchers from across the country, we will help them to find new ways to diagnose, treat and cure complex diseases that affect children.”