Sussex Charity Celebrates 65 Years Of Medical Research For Children On World Polio Day

Sussex Charity Celebrates 65 Years Of Medical Research For Children On World Polio Day

Children’s charity Action Medical Research was founded in 1952 by Duncan Guthrie in his quest to find a cure for polio, a condition that affected the lives of many thousands of children including his own daughter, Janet.

Early research funded by the charity helped to develop the first oral polio vaccine which eradicated new cases of polio in the UK, protecting children from a greatly feared disease.

Since then, Action has been saving and changing children’s lives through medical research and has spent over £117 million, funding amazing breakthroughs which include:

  • Discovering the importance of taking folic acid before and during pregnancy to prevent spina bifida
  • Developing the use of ultrasound technology in pregnancy
  • Creating the Matrix Seating System to help support physically disabled children as they grow
  • Testing the rubella vaccine

In honour of its founder, Action chose World Polio Day on 24th October 2017 to mark its 65 year milestone.

Director of Research at the charity Dr Tracy Swinfield said: “This year, we are especially pleased to support World Polio Day as we celebrate 65 years funding vital medical research. Duncan Guthrie’s determination to discover a vaccine for polio inspires us today, as we continue to work to save and change the lives of sick babies and children.”