Current research

We are currently supporting over £5 million worth of research at research hubs across the UK.

An overview of our projects includes:

  • Researching new and kinder treatments for children with rare and complex conditions like incurable brain tumours and inflammatory bowel diseases.
  • We’re researching specific conditions such as epilepsy, spina bifida, Crohn’s disease, Down’s syndrome and cerebral palsy.
  • We fund a lot of research into rare conditions that are particularly devastating, such as Krabbe disease that can cause seizures, and sight and hearing loss. Sadly, there’s currently no cure for Krabbe disease.
  • In 2019, as part of our annual joint national funding call in partnership with GOSH Charity, we funded 12 new research projects — a total of £2.1 million worth of research into childhood conditions. We don’t receive any government funding so are completely dependent on the kind donations and fundraising efforts of our generous supporters.

Find out about our funding opportunities.


Three of our current research projects

Professor Dimitri Kullman, UCL Institute of Neurology:
Pioneering gene therapy for difficult-to-treat epilepsy. Professor Dimitri Kullman is developing a new technique to correct the genetic mistake responsible for focal cortical dysplasia (FCD), which is the most common cause of drug-resistant epilepsy in children. The treatment aims to stop a child’s seizures, which in many cases cannot currently be helped by drugs or surgery.

Dr Susan Campbell, Sheffield Hallam University:
Finding better way to diagnose and treat Vanishing White Matter Disease - a devastating brain condition for which there is currently no cure. Dr Susan Campbell is investigating whether a recently discovered molecule could pave the way to faster, less invasive diagnosis and treatments for this rare and devastating brain condition which causes nerve fibres to become damaged and depleted.

Dr Matthias Zibauer, University of Cambridge:
Studying single cells and growing 'mini-guts' to help understand inflammatory bowel diseases like ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. By aiming to better understand the causes of inflammatory bowel diseases, Dr Matthias Zibauer aims to find better ways to treat them sparing thousands of children a life-time of symptoms.

For more information about our research projects, please get in touch with us.

These three projects alone cost more than £600,000 to fund. With your help we can fund more life-saving research that critically ill children desperately need, please donate now.