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Investigating the causes of dementia 31 May 2017

Led by Professor Karen Horsburgh, University of Edinburgh, this PhD student will join others at the Scotland Doctoral Training Centre, to investigate the effects of reduced blood flow to the brain in dementia looking specifically at immune cells and whether they contribute to damage that leads to dementia.

Scotland Doctoral Training Centre PhD Extensions 29 Nov 2017

Funding for a PhD student extension programme at the Scotland Doctoral Training Centre. The extensions will allow PhD students to complete additional research and outputs including published papers, presentations and attendance at conferences. Alzheimer's Society will invite applications and assess the proposals from current PhD students and evaluate the success of the programme. If appropriate offer for two years to accommodate a maximum of eight PhD students across the Doctoral Training Centre in Scotland.

Support for Families in Scotland Affected by Rb 31 May 2017

Providing support for families in Scotland affected by the childhood eye cancer retinoblastoma, and driving faster future diagnosis by increasing awareness of the condition. Most children affected by Rb lose at least one eye and nearly all are left with lifelong significant visual impairment as a result of the treatment.

ClearVision Project 29 Nov 2017

ClearVision exists to promote and further the education of blind and partially sighted persons by creating dual print and braille books and operating the only free postal lending library of these books to families and organisations across the UK. This lets thousands of sighted parents sit and read with a visually impaired child, raising literacy and wellbeing.

Amount: £17,760
Funder: R S Macdonald Charitable Trust
Recipient: ClearVision Project
Region: London
District: Wandsworth London Boro

Blocking Brain Damage in Diabetes 31 May 2017

Professor Rory McCrimmon will investigate whether high blood glucose levels and regular episodes of hypoglycaemia ('hypos') contribute to accelerated ageing of the brain, which is seen in some people with diabetes. His findings could reveal a way to improve the defence systems in the brain to help prevent these changes.

Amount: £55,426
Funder: R S Macdonald Charitable Trust
Recipient: Diabetes UK
Region: London
District: Tower Hamlets London Boro

Freedom Project Scotland 31 May 2017

The Freedom Project provides a safe place for pets, enabling domestic abuse sufferers to take the decision to leave their abusive partner. People who are violent often threaten or harm a pet making it difficult for the victim to make the decision to leave.

Amount: £54,000
Funder: R S Macdonald Charitable Trust
Recipient: Dogs Trust
Region: London
District: Islington London Boro

Harnessing neural network activity to stop seizure 31 May 2017

Dr Connolly at the University of Dundee has recently discovered that brain networks can transmit warning signals to bystander cells that allows them to transiently shut down network activity. This network inactivation removes their vulnerability to toxic hyperactivity. The project questions whether the same process may be harnessed to shut down epileptic seizures

Lifelong Links Scottish trial 31 May 2017

To undertake a three year trial of Lifelong Links in Scotland aimed at building lasting relationships for looked after children. The funding would enable Family Rights Group to support the trial in West Lothian and Children1st to conduct Lifelong Links with children in that locality from April 2018.

Amount: £46,940
Funder: R S Macdonald Charitable Trust
Recipient: Family Rights Group
Region: London
District: Hackney London Boro

Improving Independence at Home 29 Nov 2017

The programme will benefit 84 people each year with neurological conditions living in various locations in Scotland.

Amount: £15,000
Funder: R S Macdonald Charitable Trust
Recipient: Independence at Home
Region: London
District: Harrow London Boro

Audiobooks for print impaired people in Scotland 29 Nov 2017

Funding to provide a free audiobook service of over 7,000 titles via MP3 CD, internet streaming and downloads to anyone with a visual impairment in Scotland.

Amount: £4,500
Funder: R S Macdonald Charitable Trust
Recipient: Listening Books
Region: London
District: Southwark London Boro

The Impact of preterm birth on the HPA axis 31 May 2017

Preterm birth is associated with long-term disease of the nervous and cardiovascular systems. These associations may be mediated by perinatal re-programming of the brain-hormone axis that regulates physiological stress responses. A clinical PhD studentship will determine whether preterm birth modifies brain-hormone programming in women and their infants.

Using statins to prevent brain injury in infants 31 May 2017

Testing the effects of statins on brain development as they might prevent the brain injury associated with preterm birth and this could help the 600,000 children born every year who are affected by this condition.

Amount: £33,144
Funder: R S Macdonald Charitable Trust
Recipient: Tommy's
Region: London
District: City and County of the City of London

A fair deal for Scotland 25 Nov 2015

Through a renewed focus and additional staffing this service will reach more people with spinal cord injury and their families, linking them into unique peer led services including wheelchair skills training, peer mentoring and rehabilitative courses. We will help people develop vital skills and rebuild their confidence.

Amount: £15,000
Funder: R S Macdonald Charitable Trust
Recipient: Back Up Trust
Region: London
District: Wandsworth London Boro

Barnardo's DundeeArt Therapy Support 25 Nov 2015

Deliver Art Therapy to children in Dundee who have suffered sexual, physical, emotional abuse or neglect and are resistant to talking therapies. Drawing gives children the opportunity to convey thoughts and feelings and externalise their problems. Art therapy can help improve behaviour and provide an opportunity to re-establish healthy relationships.

Amount: £30,000
Funder: R S Macdonald Charitable Trust
Recipient: Barnardo's
Region: London
District: Redbridge London Boro

Anti-Bullying Ambassadors Programme 27 May 2015

The Diana Award's Anti-Bullying Ambassadors Programme is an awarded national programme that trains and supports children and young people, as well as teachers, to prevent and tackle bullying in their schools and communities.

Developing a novel therapy for AMD 25 May 2016

Age-related macular degeneration affects approximately 513,000 people in the UK who are over 50. This project led by Dr Alan Stewart at the University of St Andrews is focused on what happens at a cellular and molecular level at an early stage so that preventive therapies may be developed.

Amount: £60,000
Funder: R S Macdonald Charitable Trust
Recipient: Fight for Sight
Region: London
District: Tower Hamlets London Boro

Primary Years Family Day 24 Feb 2016

An informal conference aimed at families of children with hemiplegia (a neurological condition and the most common form of cerebral palsy) aged 5-10 years. For parents, the day will cover the emotional, behavioural, educational and physical aspects of living with hemiplegia. There will also be fun activities for the children to allow them to meet others affected by the same condition.

Amount: £2,500
Funder: R S Macdonald Charitable Trust
Recipient: HemiHelp
Region: London
District: Islington London Boro

Improving independence at home 14 Sep 2016

The provision of mobility and disability equipment and home adaptations for access for 30 people of all ages living in Scotland with neurological conditions. The equipment and works will directly improve the safety, comfort, quality of life, dignity and independence of some of the most vulnerable members of our society.

Amount: £5,000
Funder: R S Macdonald Charitable Trust
Recipient: Independence at Home
Region: London
District: Harrow London Boro

Epac activation + silk fibre scaffolds 27 May 2015

This project will test an innovative combination therapy for spinal cord injury which aims to stimulate siganlling mechanisms within cells in the spinal cord which naturally promote the growth of axons (nerve fibres), and support this nerve growth by a silk bridge across the injury site.

Protecting motor neurones in SMA 27 May 2015

Research into potential protective factors for the childhood neurological condition spinal muscular atrophy (SMA): why are some motor neurons in affected individuals immune to the degenerative process that destroys most? Could the inbuilt protective factors be transferred to vulnerable motor neurons to prevent or alleviate the condition?

Amount: £43,673
Funder: R S Macdonald Charitable Trust
Recipient: Muscular Dystrophy UK
Region: London
District: Southwark London Boro