We have committed to fund up to £250,000 research every year to ensure future generations receive the very best health care – through better diagnosis and better treatment .

As part of The Children’s Hospital Charity’s mission to make it better, we fund up to £250,000 research every year, which the NHS does not cover – helping to provide the very best healthcare for children.

With the help of charitable donations we were able to open a brand new dedicated Paediatric Clinical Research Facility – the first of its kind in the UK. The facility is key to bringing together doctors, nurses, students and other health professionals together to develop pioneering work in a range of areas such as bone disease, genetics and cancer.

Following the recent call for bids for research funding from The Children’s Hospital Charity, four Sheffield Children’s researchers having been successful with their applications. Applicants were required to submit a written application and then undergo a “Dragon’s Den” style interview with the charity's trustees. 

The successful applications for 2020/21 included:

  1. Dr Charlotte Elder: A study to investigate salivary cortisone as an Adrenal Insufficiency Test in Children.
  2. Nicholas Nicolaou: A study to determine whether the way paracetamol is used in overweight and obese children is safe.
  3. Prof Amaka C Offiah: The development of an EiEctronic Tool for Clinicians, Teachers and Researchers in Child Abuse.
  4. Debbie Rowley: The monitoring of children's physical activity following a diagnosis of childhood cancer.
  5. Dr Shishu Sharma: Research to examine whether robot-controlled, magnet-assisted capsule endoscopy is effective in children and cost effective.
  6. Amamika Tandon: A study to find out whether SightPlus, an advanced head-mounted digital low vision aid, can improve the vision and quality of life of children with a visual impairment.
  7. Dr Kelechi Ugonna: Developing a potential new drug to target Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), reducing the severity of infections and the need for antibiotics.