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Funded Research Projects

Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity is proud to have funded an extensive list of research projects which aim to imrove children's health in Scotland.

Clinical Research Training Fellowships

 Sharon Mackin (NHSGGC QEUH) - Diabetes, glucose lowering and pre-eclampsia prevention: the role of vascular function.  (Aug 17-July 19)

Gabriella Gazdagh (NHSGGC Genetics) - Novel Genetic Associations and Range of Phenotypes in Children with Disorders of Sex Development (DSD) and Neurodevelopment Disorders – Insights from the Deciphering Developmental Disorders (DDD) Study (Aug 16-July 18)

Joseph Symonds (NHSGGC RHC) - Can stratification of childhood epilepsy through detailed phenotyping and whole genome sequencing identify genetic modifiers of treatment response and novel genetic aetiologies? (Aug 15-July 18)

St Andrew’s Society PhD Studentships

Lewis Steell (University of Glasgow) - Jumping Based Exercise Intervention To Improve Muscle And Bone Mass In Childhood Onset Crohn’s Disease (Oct 17-Sept 20)

Natasha Walker (University of Aberdeen) - Maternal smoking, drinking and deprivation: when and how of placental damage (Oct-16-Sept 19)

John Corbett (University of Strathclyde) - Investigation of non-invasive transdermal sensors to replace blood sampling in newborn infants (Oct 15-Sept 18)

Vaios Svolos (University of Glasgow) - Novel Management of Crohn’s Disease by Dietary Manipulation of the Gut Microbiome: The CD-TREAT diet (Oct 14-Dec 18)

Project Support Grants

Joanna Inchley (St Andrews University) - Investigating the relationship between greenspace and health in Scottish schoolchildren. The Greenspace Availability and Scottish Schoolchildren (GRASS) project. (Jun 18-May 19)

Richard Russell (NHSGGC RHC) - An in depth contemporary exploration of the bacterial and fungal microbiome of paediatric Crohn’s disease patients from the prospective international multifaceted IMAGE KIDS project (Jan 18-Dec 18)

Gaetano Di Caterina (University of Strathclyde) - Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis:  Towards improved clinical diagnosis through signal processing analysis of voice recordings (Jan 18-Sept 18) 

Andrew Roe (University of Glasgow) - The role of the host metabolite D-serine in development of neonatal meningitis (Apr 17-Nov 17)

Christina Halsey (University of Glasgow) - Deciphering neurotoxicity during ALL therapy using a deep phenotyping-genotyping approach. (Feb 17-Jan 20)

Georgia Perona-Wright (University of Glasgow) - Enhancing lung repair in influenza infection through cytokine signalling (Aug 17-Aug 18)

Helen McDevitt (NHSGGC Neonatology) - Investigation Of The Incidence, Demographics And Nutritional Profile Of Childhood Vitamin D Deficiency In Greater Glasgow And Clyde (Jun 17-Dec 19)

John Williamson (University of Glasgow) - A Signal Processing Approach to Diagnosis of Paediatric Sleep Apnoea (Oct 16-Sept 19)

Helen Minnis (University of Glasgow) - Children's social behaviour in a clinic waiting room (Sept 16-Dec 18)

Rhona McInnes (Edinburgh Napier University) - Use of breast pumps to improve breastfeeding outcomes: development and feasibility testing of a novel incentive intervention. (Sept 16-Feb 18)

Jared Wong (University of Glasgow) - A pilot study of bone microarchitecture and marrow adiposity in adolescents with Crohn's disease (Jul 16-Jul 19)

Small Project Grants 

Josephine Fullerton (University of Glasgow) - Identifying the unique vascular response to brain injury in children and adolescents (Jan 18- Jul 18)

Innes Smith (University of Glasgow) - Whole blood transcriptomic analysis in children presenting with acute monoarthritis: identification of biomarkers unique to septic arthritis. Jan 18-Dec 20)

Suzanne Thomson (University of Glasgow) - Adipose derived stem cells as a translatable option to promote nerve regeneration in children. (Aug 17-Aug 18)

Ruth Hamilton (NHSGGC & University of Glasgow) - Reference data for neonatal oxygen saturation – a pilot study (Apr 16-Dec 17)

Clinical Research Training Fellowships

Elizabeth Henderson (NHSGGC) - Assessing the pattern and prevalence of significant alcohol consumption during pregnancy in the West of Scotland by analysis of infant meconium (Aug 15-Aug 16)

PhD Studentships

Maira Bouga (University of Glasgow) - Tackling iodine insufficiency in pregnancy. Designing and testing dietary guidance for improved maternal and neonatal iodine status and thyroid function, with patients/users involvement (Oct 14-Sept 17)

Clare Martha Clark (University of Glasgow) - "Gut Microbiota Taxonomy and Metabolism in Paediatric Crohn’s Disease during Exclusive and Supplementary Enteral Nutrition using OMICS Technologies. Associations with Response to Treatment and Prediction of Relapse" (Nov 13-Oct 16)


Laura Lucaccioni  (University Hospital “Policlinico di Modena” (IT)) - Prospective Study to evaluate the use of Urinary Gonadotrophins in the assessment and management of precocious puberty. (Jul-Aug 17)

Konstantinos Gerasimidis (University of Glasgow) - Micronutrient deficiencies in children and infants with congenital heart diseases (CHD) admitted for corrective surgery. A proof-of-concept study. (Sept 14-Dec 16)

Robert Mairs (University of Glasgow) - Pre-clinical evaluation of PARP-1 inhibitors in combination with the radiopharmaceutical 131I-MIBG for the treatment of neuroblastoma. (Apr-Dec 16)

Xiangyang Ju (NHSGGC Clinical Physics) - Software Development for analysing residual deformities following the surgical repair of unilateral cleft lip & palate (UCLP) (Jun 14-Nov 16)

Emilie Combet Aspray (University of Glasgow) - Iodine status and thyroid function in neonates - addressing a gap in the evidence base for iodine insufficiency in the UK (Apr 14-May 16)

Karen Keeshan (University of Glasgow) - The importance of stem cell ontogeny in paediatric and adult acute myeloid leukaemia (May 14-Apr 16)

Andrew Roe (University of Glasgow) - Evaluation of Shiga toxin inhibitors to prevent development of kidney disease in children (Jul 15-Jan 16)

Xinhua Shu (Caledonian University) - Developing potential drugs for the treatment of Leber’s congenital amaurosis (Jul 15-Jun 16)

Jennifer Mitchell (NHSGGC Princess Royal Maternity Hospital) - Childhood social outcomes of children born in Glasgow to opioid-dependent mothers in 2004-2006 (Jun 15-May 16)

Alison Kirk (University of Strathclyde) - Development and feasibility testing of an intervention to support active lifestyles in youth with Type 1 diabetes. The ActivPals programme. (Sept 15-Aug 16)

Undergraduate Summer Scholarships

Mohammed Ibrar Murtaza (NHSGGC RHC) - Urinary Gonadotrophins for the Diagnosis and Management of Patients with Gonadal Failure (2017)

Nadia Capaldi (University of Glasgow)    A survey of osteoporosis monitoring, prevention and treatment in boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (2017

Rachel Nixon (University of Glasgow) - A systematic Review of the Genetic Analysis of Children with Suspected Disorders of Sex Development (2016)

Rory Morrice (University of Edinburgh) - Vertebral Fractures And Bone Microarchitecture In Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (2016)

St Andrews Society Visiting Scholarships to New York

Mark Williams (University of Strathclyde) - Establishing a novel and unique 3D co-culture system to model and therapeutically target leukemia-bone marrow microenvironment interactions (Host: Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell University, New York, Aug-Sept 2017)

Chris Halsey (University of Glasgow) - Biomarkers and discovery of new therapeutic targets for chemotherapy associated neurotoxicity (Host: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York,  Jan-Feb 2016)

Martina Rodie (University of Glasgow) - The use of MRI datasets to investigate sexually dimorphic Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy in healthy infants (Host: Columbia University Medical Center, New York,  Jul-Aug 2015)

Isaiah Adekanmbi (University of Glasgow) - Biomaterials for Pediatric Tracheal stents (Host: Columbia University, New York,  Oct-Nov 2014)