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BBS Research Grant Winners

BBS Research Grant Winners

Last year, the Research Committee of the Brittle Bone Society issued a "Call for Proposals” after securing £20,000 funding for OI research grants.

After following a detailed and thorough process and having met all the peer review requirements the committee resolved to select two outstanding projects:

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Dr Meena Balasubramanian of Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust for her project Assessing the Balance of Cost and Determining the Experiences of Families in Paediatric Osteogenesis Imperfecta Healthcare (ABCD Study).

Dr Balasubramanian said:

“I am delighted to be one of the winning recipients in the BBS first ever Grants Research Round. This generous funding will be of enormous help to the ABCD project that I am working on. Most patients with Osteogenesis imperfecta go through a prolonged patient journey before diagnosis of OI is confirmed and appropriate treatment is instituted. The ABCD study is designed to assess the healthcare needs for children with OI and how early diagnosis impacts their patient journey and healthcare costs. I look forward to reporting back on progress of my project to the BBS at their events in the coming months and years. I hope this is one of many innovative research studies funded by BBS to improve the health and wellbeing of children and families with OI.”


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Dr Alex Ireland, a Lecturer in physiology at Manchester Metropolitan University for his project on physical function and soft-tissue health in individuals with OI.

Dr Ireland said:

“I am so thrilled to be one of the winning recipients in the BBS first ever Grants Research Round. Having this support will greatly benefit the study I’m working on with my colleague Prof Neil Reeves, and our clinical collaborator Prof Peter Selby from Manchester Royal Infirmary. We will research how the size and function of muscle and tendon in adults with OI are affected by the disease. This information could help us to understand health problems related to OI including tiredness, reduced mobility and dislocations. I look forward to reporting back on progress of my project to the BBS at their events in the coming months and years.”

Both participants will be awarded the grants in 2018.