Medical Appeals

Our pioneering Circles of Influence fundraising campaign may be over, but the tradition of  charitable giving which founded the University 100 years ago continues as we fundraise for a diverse range of projects in areas addressing society's biggest challenges.

Among the new projects that we will be fundraising for are several health-related activities, aiming to transform and the lives of people across the world. Find out more about the projects below:

Fighting children's cancer

Dr Frank Mussai is developing new treatments for children with cancer. His research involves investigating the links between adult and childhood cancers and the immune system, and focuses on acute myeloid leukaemia (the worst form of leukaemia in children) and the solid cancer neuroblastoma. Currently there is little funding available for testing the results of adult cancer drug trials in children. Donations given towards simple laboratory equipment such as freezers, centrifuges and flow cytometers, will help save lives.

Global maternal health

Born and raised in Sierra Leone, Sessay was married aged 14 and had her first child aged 15. At 18, the age of a typical first year student, she became pregnant with twins. She was unable to deliver the second twin and died through excessive bleeding while walking miles to see a doctor. Researchers at Birmingham know they can save the lives of mothers like Sessay through simple initiatives covering everything from healthcare and food security to transport. Give £50 and you could fund a place for a healthcare worker on a training course about infection. 

Alternative cancer treatments

‘This could be a real step-change in cancer treatment,’ according to Professor Ben Willcox, of the Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy Centre, whose team is researching the immune system’s response to cancer. They are developing treatments to stop tumours ‘switching off’ immune responses to the cancer, so a patient’s own immune system can fight the cancer cells. This produces significantly fewer side effects than chemotherapy but can be as effective. The team have seen transformational results in treating solid cancers that lung cancer specialist Professor Gary Middleton says ‘made the hairs on the backs of our necks stand up’. Your support could fund more specialist scientists and help Birmingham establish a world-leading institute for this exciting work. 

Antibiotic resistance research

Antibiotic resistance and the control of infectious diseases such as TB are global issues. Scientists at the University are carrying out pioneering research to understand diseases and the spread of antibiotic resistance, identify new strains of disease and facilitate the development of new antibiotics. By supporting this work you will help address an issue deemed a major global threat by the World Health Organisation. 


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