Borne and Action Medical Research invest over £1 million to help tackle premature birth

The two medical research charities have teamed up to fund research projects to prevent premature birth and improve the lives of mothers and their babies.

Each year, around 60,000 babies in the UK are born preterm and more than 1,000 babies die as a result.

Children who survive can experience lifelong disabilities such as cerebral palsy, learning difficulties, blindness and hearing loss.

Despite being the single biggest cause of neonatal death in the UK, premature birth remains an underfunded and overlooked area of research.

Children’s charity Action Medical Research and premature birth research charity Borne are pleased to announce their continued working together and investment of over £1 million through joint funding of a further two research projects, as well as future funding of projects to help identify the causes behind prematurity and find ways to prevent it.

The two charities joined forces back in 2017 when they pledged to work together to help babies born too soon and attract more funding to this vital area of research.

Borne and Action Medical Research are now jointly funding four projects at a total of £591,589 to help further our understanding of why babies are born prematurely, diagnose women for their risk of preterm labour early in their pregnancy, and develop new treatments to help reduce the numbers of babies being born too soon.

Projects funded

Borne and Action Medical Research are now jointly funding four projects at a total of £591,589 to help further our understanding of why babies are born prematurely, diagnose women for their risk of preterm labour early in their pregnancy, and develop new treatments to help reduce the numbers of babies being born too soon. The four projects are:

In addition to these four projects, Action Medical Research and Borne are also teaming up to fund more project grants in 2020 from across the UK, with up to £500,000 available for translational research into the causes of preterm birth in order to develop diagnostic, treatment and prevention strategies to reduce the rates of prematurity.

Applications will be considered through the Action Medical Research peer review system with the closing date for outline applications will be the 20 November 2019.

Applications for co-funded projects will need to meet the remit and guidelines on the Action Medical Research website.

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