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Our total spend
on research
£45 million
Mental health
and neuroscience
£11.2m
Eating
disorders £3.3m

Eating disorders

Eating disorders are devastating – anorexia alone has the highest death rate of any psychiatric disorder – yet our understanding of what causes them is limited.

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Self-harm £1.5m

Self-harm

Rates of self-harm have risen in young people, but we still know little about why people harm themselves.

Antimicrobial
resistance £4.3m

Antimicrobial resistance

AMR is a global threat to human health. To stop the spread of drug-resistant illness and disease, a new approach is desperately needed.

Read more about Antimicrobial ResistanceRead more
Hepatitis £4m

Hepatitis

Every 30 seconds, someone loses their life to a hepatitis related illness. We need better options for diagnosis and treatment.

Read more about HepatitisRead more
Pain £2.9m

Pain

Chronic pain affects 28m people in the UK and nearly 30% of the entire global population – yet research is severely underfunded.

Climate change and health £2.6m

Climate change and health

Climate change is a severe threat to human health globally. Urgent action is needed to understand and tackle the health impacts of climate change.

Lupus £1.5m

Lupus

Lupus is difficult to diagnose and currently there is no cure, meaning more research is desperately needed.

Read more about LupusRead more

Rare lung diseases

£1.2m

Rare lung diseases

A better understanding of the mechanisms underlying rare lung diseases is needed, to improve the treatment options available.

Young stroke

£1.1m

Young stroke

A quarter of strokes happen in young people of working age, having a huge impact on their lives - yet we know little about the risk factors for this age group.

Adolescent skin disorders £1m

Adolescent skin disorders

For adolescents, skin disorders can be physically and mentally scarring, yet effective treatments are scarce.

Asthma £1m

Asthma

8 million people in the UK have been diagnosed with asthma, but current treatments do not help symptoms in around 50% of patients.

Hearing loss £590k

Hearing loss

Better, tailored solutions are needed for the 9 million people in the UK who have significant hearing loss.

COVID-19 £400k

COVID-19

The emergence of COVID-19 quickly became a global health crisis, with scientists across the world contributing to our understanding of the disease.

£7.8m
Discovery
science
£3m
Research capacity
building in Africa
£770k Changing policy
and practice

Data based on awards made between 2008 to 2023

Our total spend
on research
£45 million
Mental health
and neuroscience
£11.2m
Eating
disorders £3.3m

Eating disorders

Eating disorders are devastating – anorexia alone has the highest death rate of any psychiatric disorder – yet our understanding of what causes them is limited.

Read more about Eating DisordersRead more
Self-harm £1.5m

Self-harm

Rates of self-harm have risen in young people, but we still know little about why people harm themselves.

Antimicrobial
resistance £4.3m

Antimicrobial resistance

AMR is a global threat to human health. To stop the spread of drug-resistant illness and disease, a new approach is desperately needed.

Read more about Antimicrobial ResistanceRead more
Hepatitis £4m

Hepatitis

Every 30 seconds, someone loses their life to a hepatitis related illness. We need better options for diagnosis and treatment.

Read more about HepatitisRead more
Pain £2.9m

Pain

Chronic pain affects 28m people in the UK and nearly 30% of the entire global population – yet research is severely underfunded.

Climate change and health £2.6m

Climate change and health

Climate change is a severe threat to human health globally. Urgent action is needed to understand and tackle the health impacts of climate change.

Lupus £1.5m

Lupus

Lupus is difficult to diagnose and currently there is no cure, meaning more research is desperately needed.

Read more about LupusRead more
£1.2m

Rare lung diseases

Rare lung diseases

A better understanding of the mechanisms underlying rare lung diseases is needed, to improve the treatment options available.

£1.1m

Young stroke

Young stroke

A quarter of strokes happen in young people of working age, having a huge impact on their lives - yet we know little about the risk factors for this age group.

£1m

Adolescent skin disorders

Adolescent skin disorders

For adolescents, skin disorders can be physically and mentally scarring, yet effective treatments are scarce.

£1m

Asthma

Asthma

8 million people in the UK have been diagnosed with asthma, but current treatments do not help symptoms in around 50% of patients.

£590k

Hearing loss

Hearing loss

Better, tailored solutions are needed for the 9 million people in the UK who have significant hearing loss.

£400k

COVID-19

COVID-19

The emergence of COVID-19 quickly became a global health crisis, with scientists across the world contributing to our understanding of the disease.

£7.8m
Discovery science
£3m
Research capacity
building in Africa
£770k
Changing policy
and practice

Thanks to our supporters, we've been able to fund a wide range of life-changing medical research. Have a look at the projects we've funded below or visit our News and Events page to read the latest research findings.

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Preventing and treating asthma using molecules from parasitic worms

Lead researcher: Dr Henry McSorley
Research area: Respiratory diseases
Disease or condition: Asthma
Research organisation: University of Dundee
Funding type: Enhancing Research Award
Status: Live
Amount: £74,138
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Partnerships to improve asthma care in Malawi

Lead researcher: Professor Kevin Mortimer
Research area: Changing Policy and Practice
Disease or condition: Asthma
Research organisation: Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Funding type: Dissemination award
Status: Completed
Amount: £29,980
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Airway Smooth Muscle (ASM) DNA methylation: A novel target for asthma therapy

Research that seeks to understand new ways in which environmental factors drive chronic airway inflammation and the resulting remodelling of the airways.

Lead researcher: Dr Rachel Clifford
Research area: Respiratory diseases
Disease or condition: Asthma
Research organisation: University of Nottingham
Funding type: Fellowship
Status: Completed
Amount: £209,462
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Development of a novel ex vivo “breathing” lung slice model to investigate the dynamic relationship between tidal ventilation, deep inspiration and the development of airway remodelling

A Medical Research Foundation-Asthma UK fellowship to investigate the complex relationship between normal breathing, airway closure and the activation of a protein called TGFβ.

Lead researcher: Dr Amanda Tatler
Research area: Respiratory diseases
Disease or condition: Asthma
Research organisation: University of Nottingham
Funding type: Fellowship
Status: Completed
Amount: £132,927
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Analysis of rhinoviruses replication complexes to identify host cell targets for the development of antiviral drugs for the treatment of asthma exacerbations.

A Medical Research Foundation-Asthma UK fellowship to determine the human proteins essential for common cold virus replication and survival in order to help asthma sufferers.

Lead researcher: Dr Aurelie Mousnier
Research area: Respiratory diseases
Disease or condition: Asthma
Research organisation: Queen's University Belfast
Funding type: Fellowship
Status: Completed
Amount: £210,000
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