Clinical Research - building a healthier future for our children

Carrying out research into the best way to fight children’s illnesses is one of our main objectives. Research plays a critical role in pioneering new ways to identify, prevent, treat and cure complex, life-limiting and often life-threatening illnesses and the children’s hospital is already leading the field in a number of areas of children’s health research. 

Much of our research is made possible thanks to charitable donations and with the support of our donors our doctors and researchers are able to look at ways to better understand specific childhood illnesses and develop new diagnostic tests, treatments and devices to improve care for our young patients, both now and for generations to come.  In the last year, charitable support has enabled research into a number of areas including hearing, eye, arthritis, cardiovascular, kidney, and endocrine conditions which affect many of our patients.  Our research has a strong emphasis on precision medicine – using our research into the link between genetics, disease and how well a patient is likely to respond to specific treatments – to tailor the care we are able to provide to an individual child.  

The difference charitable support makes:

Building on our capability to deliver paediatric research – focus on hearing

Hearing loss is the most common sensory impairment in children.  Your support of the appointment of Senior Research Fellow in Audiology/Hearing Sciences, has in turned helped to leverage significant funding from the National Institute for Health Research, which will enable the delivery of a study into the effectiveness of newborn hearing tests.  This study is due to start in late 2015 and would not have been possible without the support of our donors, people like you. 

Researchers identify genetic cause of growth disorder

One in 500 babies are born small for gestational age and fail to catch up on growth later in life.  People with the condition, known as 3-M syndrome, also experience characteristic facial features, which become less noticeable with age, and males may also experience infertility and the genital defect, hypospadias.

Thanks to our supporters, our researchers – working in collaboration with scientists from the University of Manchester – have been able to identify the genetic cause of this growth disorder.  By enabling more rapid diagnosis for children with 3-M syndrome, our researchers hope this discovery will ensure children receive appropriate treatment more quickly and improve outcomes.

Since receiving charitable support, our research in this area has been recognised through the hospital’s involvement in the 100,000 Genome Project, where one of our consultants is leading the growth subdomain of the Paediatric Genome Clinical Interpretation Partnership. 

To find out more about other research projects we have supported, please contact the charity team on 0161 276 4522 or charity.office@mft.nhs.uk