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Dr Karin Straathof receives Sparks Early Career Investigator Award

Dr Karin Straathof has been awarded the prestigious Sparks Simon Newell Early Career Investigator award in recognition of her outstanding work focused on understanding and harnessing the power of the immune system in treatment of childhood cancer.

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Professor Terence Stephenson awarded a Knighthood

Our Nuffield Professor of Child Health, Professor Terence Stephenson, was recognised in the New Year Honours list for his services to healthcare and children's health.

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Dr Manju Kurian wins the 2017 Sir Jules Thorn Award for Biomedical Research

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.

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£5m government investment in new childhood Obesity Policy Research Unit

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. 

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Senior Promotions 2016-17

We are very proud to announce the following senior promotions of colleagues, effective from 1st October:

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L'Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science 2017 winner - Dr Manju Kurian

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. 

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Genetic screening service enables PCD gene discovery

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.

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Gene key for chemically reprogramming human stem cells

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.

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Children’s charities join forces to boost research into childhood diseases

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.

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