Dr. Kinsler has been awarded a grant by the Wellcome Trust to fund research into CMNs until August 2012. The Wellcome trust is a UK charity organization that funds innovative biomedical research to support the brightest scientists with the best ideas. The grants awarded are hotly contested with many more applicants than grants given out. Being selected a recipient of the grant is an admirable achievement and a direct result of Dr. Kinsler’s continuing commitment and dedication to CMN research. The grant will effectively fund Dr. Kinsler’s salary and provide extra money for research equipment and expenses which has been scarce to date.
This is a great opportunity to really advance the research already begun and help raise the profile CMN in the medical community. The successful grant application would not have been possible without the legacy research compiled by Dr. Atherton (Dr. Kinsler’s predecessor at GOSH) and funding supplied by the Caring Matters Now Support Group from June 2006 to June 2009. That initial funding allowed the research to get established and produced the promising early results by Dr. Kinsler which led to this successful application.
Dr. Kinsler would like to thank everyone involved in the fund-raising over the last ten years for their amazing efforts. Everyone involved should feel extremely proud of what they have achieved.
We are all so grateful to Dr. Kinsler for her on-going efforts and fantastic achievement in obtaining this grant but our members need to know that the fundraising does not stop here! Caring Matters Now will continue to raise money into research. We know funds will be required well beyond 2012 (for at least ten years) and it will be very difficult to obtain further grants into this rare condition. Also, we will be looking at how we can continue to raise awareness of CMN and provide the required support to all our members perhaps with more locations for our Family Day Events or other new functions. Please watch this space!