Despite the enormous progress that has been achieved in medicine, there are still hundreds of thousands of children in the UK today who are affected by disease and disability.  Yet surprisingly, child health research remains underfunded; there is relatively little government or pharmaceutical funding for medical research into conditions that affect children and very few UK charities specifically focus in this area.

Action Medical Research has a vital job in helping fill the gap and we are extremely well-placed to do so.  We are determined to help more children but currently we can only afford to fund around half of the children’s research that has passed our stringent peer review – simply due to lack of funds.

We thank you for your support to our events, providing funds that go directly towards our continued research work, ensuring that fewer families will go through the enormous stress and devastation of seeing their child face a life-limiting condition, disability or rare disease.

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What We've Achieved

  • Discovering the importance of taking folic acid before and during pregnancy to prevent spina bifida.
  • Developing the use of ultrasound technology in pregnancy.
  • Creating the Matrix Seating System to help support physically disabled children as they grow.
  • Pioneering hip replacements.
  • Improving survival from childhood liver disease.
  • Repairing skull damage.
  • Developing the polio vaccine.
  • Helping to relieve pain for severely disabled children.
  • Improving the lives of children with sickle cell disease.
  • Protecting children from meningitis since 1992.
  • Testing the rubella vaccine.
  • Improving treatment and surgery for epilepsy in children.
  • Saving babies with thyroid problems from lifelong learning disability.

I was born at just the right time. For the research to have improved my quality of life so drastically is priceless!
— As a baby, Katie took part in a study funded by Action Medical Research which explored ways to help babies survive liver disease by changing their diet. The special diet studied now forms the basis of the accepted treatment to help avoid malnutrition in babies with severe liver disease. Today, she's a happy and healthy young adult.