BACD Awards

BACD - Castang Foundation Funding Award

BACD and The Castang Foundation support UK research that includes children with neurodisability and their families, and are working together to invite research applications to improve the evidence around what treatments and interventions are effective, or not effective for children and families.

The aim of the award will be to gather pilot and feasibility data that leads to an application for a large definitive National Institute for Health Research, Medical Research Council, Wellcome Trust, or Charity funded study into treatments or interventions for children with any type of neurodisability.

A key impact of the research will be that the research has the potential to make a real difference to the lives of children with neurodisability and their families within 3-5 years of the definitive application.

Up to £60,000 funding is available for UK research projects lasting 12-18 months.

Information on the 2019 Award will be available shortly.

Past award winners are:

2018 award Researching Allied health In Schools and Education (RAISE) Jennifer McAnuff, Dr Sarah Crombie, Dr Jenny Gibson, Aimee Grayston, Kulwinder Kaur Bola, Dr Lindsay Pennington, Rob Webster

2017 Award Promoting social participation to prevent mental health problems in children and young people with neurodisability: an interventions development study Dr Rob Brooks, Dr Niina Kolehmainen, Dr Lindsay Pennington, and Dr Laura Coulthard.

2016 Award The Identification of young children at the highest Risk for developing Severe Challenging behaviour (i-RiSC): Proof of principle and appraisal of feasibility. Professor Chris Oliver and team at Birmingham University for the study

BACD Paul Polani Research Award

BACD, through the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health's Paul Polani Fund, supports research and innovation in UK Paediatric Neurodisability.

Research to build a robust evidence-base is essential to provide optimal services for children and young people with disabilities and their families.

Up to £15,000 is available each year through the Paul Polani Research Award to enable a team to pilot, undertake, or complete a paediatric neurodisability research project in the UK.

BACD is a National Institute for Health Research non-commercial Partner. Polani projects that recruit through the NHS might be eligible for NIHR Portfolio project status.

You can read the guidance about the award and the application process here.

Information on the 2020 award will be available shortly.

Past award winners are:

2019 Award Non-invasive assessment of anaemia in children with neurodisability attending community paediatric clinics: a prevalance study. Dr Richard Lee-Kelland, University Hospitals Bristol; Dr Steve Jones, Royal United Hospital Bath; Dr Clare Sheahan, Sirona Healthcare Bristol; Prof Pete Blair, Dr Jenny Infram, University of Bristol; and Dr Fiona Finlay, Virgin Care Bath.

2018 Award Modern illness or a thing of thepast? Surveillance study of childhood/adolescent Syndenham's chorea in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Dr Tamsin Newlove-Delgado, Dr Oana Mitrofan, Dr Eva Woodling, Dr Michael Morton, Dr Ming Lim, Mr Andrew Samuel, Ms Nadine Mushet, Prof Stuart Logan, Universtiy of Exeter Medical School, Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital foundation Trust, Universtiy of Glasgow, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Sydenham's Chorea Association, and Evelina Children's Hospital.

2017 Award No award was presented.

2016 Award How Much Does it Cost the NHS to Assess a Child for Possible Autism? Dr Ian Male and Dr William Farr, Sussex Community NHS Trust/Brighton and Sussex Medical School; Miss Emma Gowling and Dr Stephen Bremner, Brighton and Sussex Medical School; Prof Heather Gage, University of Surrey; and Mr Aaron Gain, W Sussex Public Health and Health and Social Care Commissioning

2015 Award The Eating and Drinking Ability Classification System for cerebral palsy: a study of stability and associations with growth over time Dr Diane Sellers, Dr Liz Bryant, Mrs Alison Hunter, Dr Vivienne Campbell and Mrs Sam Weddell (Chailey Heritage Clinical Services). The findings of the study will be presented at the 2017 BACD Annual Conference.

2014 Award No award was presented.

2013 Award Identification of behavioural risk markers for Challenging Behaviour in very young children with intellectual disabilities. Dr Dawn Adams, Prof. Chris Oliver, and Louise Handley (University of Birmingham), and Associate Prof. Doug Simkiss (University of Warwick). The findings of the study were presented at the 2015 BACD Annual Conference.

2012 Award The use of taping to improve thumb and wrist posture and hand use in infants with non-progressive brain lesions affecting hand function. Dr Anna Basu and Dr Jill Kisler from the Great North Children's Hospital, Newcastle. The findings of the study were presented at the 2013 BACD Annual Conference.

2011 Award Creation and validation of a tool for identifying children with functional visual impairments in children with hemiplegia. Dr Melissa Gladstone and colleagues at Alder Hey NHS Chidlren's Foundation Trust. The findings of the study were presented at the 2013 BACD Annual Conference.

2010 Award Sleep in Children with Severe Cerebral Palsy- Objective Measurement of the Impact of Botulinum Toxin Hip Injections: Dr Charlie Fairhurst, Suzie Turner, Jane Orgill, Claire Lundy, Mat Blackshaw and Dr Paul Gringras (Evelina Children's Hospital, Guys & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust). The findings of the study were presented at the 2012 BACD Annual Conference.

2009 Award Respiratory function in children with severe motor disorders using night-time postural equipment. Dr Cathy Hill, Dr Kathryn Padoa, Penny Allen, Pam Shults and Dr Romola Bucks (University of Southampton, Southampton City PCT & University of Western Australia). The findings of the study were presented at the 2011 BACD Annual Conference.

2008 Award Measuring the efficacy of computer communication intervention for children with cerebral palsy: Dr Jeremy Parr and Katie Price (Wolfson Neurodisability Service, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London). The findings of the study were presented at the 2010 BACD Annual Conference.

2007 Award In the inaugural year of the Award, two studies were selected and the findings were presented at the 2009 BACD Annual Conference:

  • Establishing the Lifestyle Assessment Questionnaire, a measure of participation: H McConachie, EC Jessen and RJ Forsyth (Newcastle University & Northumberland Care Trust).
  • Predicting the development of intelligible speech by children with cerebral palsy: a pilot study: Dr Lindsay Pennington, Dr Mark Pearce, Prof Allan Colver & Dr Mary Gibson (Newcastle University & Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust).



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