The UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health is delighted to announce that Dr Manju Kurian has been awarded the 2017 Sir Jules Thorn Award for Biomedical Research. The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust offers one grant annually of up to £1.5 million to support a programme of translational research for up to 5 years. Applicants for this prestigious award must be sponsored by a leading UK medical school or NHS organisation, and each institution is restricted to submitting one application per year. This award of nearly £1.5 million will support Dr Kurian’s work investigating genetic movement disorders that mimic Cerebral Palsy (CP). Her project aims to improve treatments for her patients by developing therapies that target specific genetic defects.
Publication date: 23 November 2017
We are delighted to announce that Dr Owen Arthurs has been awarded a Career Development Fellowship (CDF) from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The NIHR CDF awards are made to researchers with a proven track-record at postdoctoral level, and provide up to 5 years’ funding to support their development into fully independent group leaders within their designated field of research. Dr Arthurs, Consultant Paediatric Radiologist at GOSH and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, is one of only four NIHR CDFs awarded this year and this award continues from his successful NIHR Clinician Scientist award.
This NIHR CDF award, entitled “Next generation perinatal autopsy: changing death investigation through imaging-based less invasive autopsy” allows Dr Arthurs to continue his work developing post mortem imaging as an alternative to autopsy for children. This key area of research aims to bring post mortem imaging techniques into standard clinical practice, to help families during pregnancy loss or childhood bereavement to understand why their baby or child has died. Although GOSH runs the largest perinatal autopsy service nationally, many parents do not feel that a traditional invasive autopsy is appropriate for them. Imaging offers a non-invasive way of diagnosing congenital abnormalities which can help to counsel parents about why their child died, and whether subsequent pregnancies or other existing children might be affected.
Over the course of this NIHR fellowship, novel imaging techniques such as microCT (see figure) will be assessed and developed into clinical practice within the next 3-5 years, and national and international clinical guidelines will be designed for an evidence-based patient-centered approach to death investigation. Dr Arthurs, who also leads Research and Innovation within GOSH Radiology, commented “I am delighted that the advanced imaging within UCL GOS ICH plays an increasing important diagnostic role in important childhood diseases”.
Publication date: 20 October 2017
The Centre for Adolescent Rheumatology at UCL, UCLH and GOSH, the only research centre in the world dedicated to understanding how rheumatic conditions like arthritis affect teenagers, has received a £2 million funding boost to support its pioneering research over the next five years.
Publication date: 12 October 2017
We are delighted to announce that Dr Manju Kurian has been awarded a prestigious National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Research Professorship. Dr Manju Kurian is one of five successful nominees in the 2017 round of awards, and is the fourth academic from the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (GOS ICH) to receive this award.
Publication date: 11 September 2017
The UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health is pleased to announce a £5 million investment from the Department of Health in a new National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research Policy Unit to develop a deeper understanding on the causes of childhood obesity.
Publication date: 18 August 2017
Project Fizzyo, a physiotherapy inspired computer gaming project for people with cystic fibrosis, has recently won a digital health award.
Publication date: 31 July 2017
The Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health will become the first to launch an institute-focused publishing platform, UCL Child Health Open Research, when it begins publishing in late autumn 2017.
Publication date: 26 June 2017
We are very proud to announce the following senior promotions of colleagues, effective from 1st October:
Publication date: 23 June 2017
Dr Manju Kurian, of the Developmental Neurosciences programme at Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, is among five promising UK scientists who won prestigious fellowships at the 10th annual L’Oréal-UNESCO UK and Ireland For Women In Science.
Publication date: 9 May 2017
A team at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health and University College London working with the Royal Brompton Hospital have identified a new gene which causes the lung condition Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD). Working with researchers from around Europe including hospitals in Italy, Switzerland and France, the team have shown that the condition can be 'X-linked' meaning it is passed from mothers to their sons.
Publication date: 20 February 2017
Scientists have discovered the gene essential for chemically reprogramming human amniotic stem cells into a more versatile state similar to embryonic stem cells, in research led by UCL and Heinrich Heine University.
Publication date: 27 January 2017
Children’s medical research charity Sparks has announced today (Monday 23rd January 2017) that it will be joining Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity in a partnership which will result in an increase in funding for pioneering and life-changing child health research.
Publication date: 23 January 2017
Three UCL international collaborations are among the first to receive Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) awards, in recognition of their world-leading research partnerships improving health in low and middle income countries.
Publication date: 5 January 2017
Cells from pregnant women could prevent fractures by nearly 80 per cent for millions with fragile bones
Injecting cells from pregnant women could have a life-changing effect on the millions who are living with osteoporosis and brittle bone disease according to researchers at the UCL GOS Institute of Child Health, the research partner of Great Ormond Street Hospital and The UCL Institute for Women’s Health. These cells could also be useful for strengthening the fragile bones of astronauts during their stay for long periods in space.
Publication date: 20 December 2016
Researchers from the UCL GOS Institute of Child Health have discovered a new gene change that identifies a type of the movement disorder, muscle dystonia. This new discovery will allow doctors to more easily identify patients who can benefit from treatment so effective that it can restore the ability to walk.
Publication date: 12 December 2016
Children with severe epilepsy who do not respond to traditional drugs could be treated with vitamin B6, after the discovery of a new gene by UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (ICH) and its clinical partner Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).
Publication date: 12 December 2016
Professor Francesco Muntoni wins an EU staff award at the prestigious Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards
Publication date: 25 November 2016
€7 million EU Horizon2020 Award for ZIKAction: Preparedness, research and action network on maternal-paediatric axis of ZIKV infection in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Publication date: 25 November 2016
The prospect of widespread access to a life-changing drug for children with a rare muscular disorder is a step closer today after the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted accelerated approval for a new medication.
Publication date: 21 September 2016
The NIHR Great Ormond Street Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) has been awarded £37 million in funding to drive forward translational research into rare diseases in children. The Centre is the only one of its kind in the UK dedicated to paediatric research.
Publication date: 16 September 2016
As of today, 1st August 2016, the Institute has been renamed the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health.
Publication date: 1 August 2016
A new research study from the UCL Institute of Child Health, Great Ormond Street Hospital’s research partner, shows that poor visual health is associated with poorer social, economic, educational, and employment opportunities and outcomes.
Publication date: 29 July 2016
Genetic testing of tumours could enable doctors to identify children most at risk of relapsing from kidney cancer, suggests research from the UCL Institute of Child Health, research partner of Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Publication date: 22 July 2016
Publication date: 29 June 2016
We are very proud to announce the following senior promotions of Institute colleagues, effective from 1st October:
Publication date: 17 June 2016