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Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 2DP

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  • 01403 210406
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  • Vincent House
    Horsham, West Sussex RH12 2DP
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  • Registered charity in England & Wales (208701) and in Scotland (SC039284)

About Action Medical Research

At Action we save and change children’s lives through medical research

We believe that the diseases that devastate the lives of so many of our children can be beaten. We have been funding medical breakthroughs since we began in 1952 like the first polio vaccines in the UK, ultrasound in pregnancy and the rubella vaccine – helping to save thousands of children’s lives and change many more.

Surprisingly medical research to help children is poorly funded in the UK. Action Medical Research has a critical job to do in helping fill this gap to protect children. The prospects for finding new cures and treatments are almost within our grasp. We have vital research ready to go – we simply can’t fund it all.

With your help we’re determined to change this and make a real difference for children.

Please take the time to watch some of the amazing stories in the video tab above


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.

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Research strategy

Action Medical Research has more than 60 years of history in funding medical research with many notable successes. With roots in research into the polio vaccine, the charity now focuses on the health of babies, children and young people. We are clear we are working in an area where there are very real unmet needs and not enough research funding.

We select the very best projects and research training fellows through peer review. Our research funding programme over the three years 2016-2018 will aim to:

  • Attract and select the best research most likely to deliver by using open competition peer review and an expert Scientific Advisory Panel to recommend each year Research Training Fellowships and Project Grants
  • Identify the impact of research by each year analysing the potential clinical impact of recently completed grants as scored by peers and carrying out selected retrospective impact reports
  • Collaborate with other organisations using the strengths of Action’s open competition peer review system to fund high quality medical research to help babies, children and young people.

The research we support focuses on child health including problems affecting pregnancy, childbirth, babies, children and young people.

Within this we support a broad spectrum of research with the objective of preventing disease and disability and of alleviating physical disability.

Our emphasis is on clinical research or research at the interface between clinical and basic science. We pride ourselves that our research is innovative and of a high standard as judged by rigorous peer review.

Within these criteria, we also support research and development of equipment and techniques to improve diagnosis, therapy and assistive technology (including orthoses, prostheses and aids to daily living) and encourage applications in the field of medical engineering

My Mobility Hub Support Action Medical Research For Children. Please Donate HERE

Action Medical Research Other Articles

Hiking towards £10k target for children’s charity

Buckinghamshire resident Tara Garritt is putting her best foot forward to help sick and disabled babies and children by tackling a five-day hike in India in aid of Action Medical Research.The...

Posted by Action Medical Research on 26/01/2016

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Meningitis B Real Life Stories

Cieran was just nine-months-old when he caught meningitis type B but the scars of his battle with the deadly infection remain today. He is now profoundly deaf, with very little speech,...

Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) Action Medical Research

Kylie was born one month early, thankfully needing no neonatal care. But not long after her birth, her parents noticed that she produced a lot of phlegm and often had trouble breathing.When...

Posted by Action Medical Research on 26/01/2016

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