Current research.

Current funded research is listed here; including the research team, affiliation, funding awarded and research summary.

01.Current placental project:
Dr Ian Crocker, Dr Paul Brownbill and Dr Mark Dilworth. University of Manchester. Haemoglobin, when not encased in red blood cells, is highly toxic to the body; particularly cells which line human blood vessels. For babies, growth restricted in the womb and vulnerable to neurodisability, we have measured an increase in free haemoglobin in their cord blood and incapacity to manage it, which places them at risk. This project looks to utilise research models to replicate and characterise this pathogenic mechanism, but also to offset the haemoglobin dependant-compromise of the fetus, using therapeutic agents which are acceptable in pregnancy, can traverse the human placenta, and preferentially bind and eliminate free haemoglobin; thus, restoring normal blood flow and develop to the fetus.
02.BACD–Castang award 2018:
RAISE – Researching Allied health In Schools and Education
Lead investigator: Jennifer McAnuff, Newcastle University.
03.BACD–Castang award 2017:
Promoting Social Participation to Prevent Mental Health Problems in Children and Young People with Neurodisability: An Interventions Development Study
Lead investigator: Dr Rob Brooks, Leeds Beckett University.
04.BACD–Castang award 2016:
The Identification of young children at the highest RIsk for developing Severe Challenging behaviour (i-RiSC): Proof of principle and appraisal of feasibility
Lead investigator: Professor Chris Oliver (University of Birmingham).

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Childhood neurodisability is very common – most people know at least one family where a child has disability due to a neurological condition. The Castang Foundation funds one or two new research projects each year. However, we would like to increase the amount of research we fund. Your donation to The Castang Foundation could part or completely fund research that could change children’s lives.

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