The charity was founded in 1952 by Duncan Guthrie in his quest to find a cure for polio, a condition that affected the lives of many thousands of children including his own daughter, Janet. Early research funded by the charity helped to develop the first oral polio vaccine which eradicated new cases of the disease in the UK.
Since then we’ve been saving and changing lives through medical research and have spent over £100m, funding some of the most amazing breakthroughs:
• 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.
• Testing the rubella vaccine.
But there is still so much more to do and with your help we can continue to fund more life-changing research for some of the UK’s sickest babies and children.
Treating sick and vulnerable babies
One in 10 babies born in the UK needs some form of special care at birth as a result of a difficult birth, a life-threatening condition or because they were born too early. With your help we will aim to reduce the high rate of premature birth, prevent pregnancy complications that threaten babies’ lives, and find the best ways to care for sick and vulnerable babies.
Helping sick and vulnerable babies
Our latest research projects continue a proud history of Action Medical Research funding for babies. There is still so much to learn about pregnancy complications that threaten babies’ lives such as, obstetric cholestasis and fetal growth restriction.