BSPGHAN/CLDF research Grants and CLDF Small Grants Awards


Joint  Children’s Liver Disease Foundation/ BSPGHAN 2018 -  Start-up Research Grants

BSPGHAN and CLDF are pleased to announce the following have been successful in their applications for support towards their research projects.  Full for details of the awards please visit

Dr Luke Boulter at the Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine, Edinburgh :  Project Title: Using single cell sequencing to determine how bile ducts form: understanding the mechanisms to fight biliary atresia

Professor Deborah Gill at John Radcliffe Hospital, University of Oxford:  Project Title: In vivo liver genome editing for the treatment of alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency

Dr Gary Reynolds at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham:  Project Title: Lysophospholipid profiling of Fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma and identification of novel therapeutic targets

Dr David Campbell, Chair                                                               Alison Taylor, CEO

Joint BSPGHAN/NIHR-Children Research Working Group                Children’s Liver Disease Foundation


Joint BSPGHAN/CLDF Start-up Research Grants 2016

In 2016, BSPGHAN and Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF) joined forces to co-fund two start-up research grants, each for £10,000, with an overall aim of encouraging research in liver disease in children and young people. The aim was to support preliminary research that will contribute significantly to a subsequent larger research grant proposal. One grant was specifically for research in Biliary Atresia but there were no restrictions on the scope of the second grant. Projects could be stand-alone or linked to one or more existing studies. All Members and Associate Members of BSPGHAN were eligible to apply.

The following two projects were supported

Congenital porto-systemic shunts and the development of liver tumours; Professor Richard Thompson, King’s College Hospital, London.  Further information can be downloaded here

Association of stool microbial profile with short-term outcome in infants with biliary atresia; Professor Anil Dhawan and Dr Vandana Jain, King’s College Hospital, London. Further information can be downloaded here

Chief Executive of CLDF, Alison Taylor, commented: “By joining forces with BSPGHAN we aim to support preliminary research that will contribute significantly to a subsequent larger research grant proposal. We are excited to be funding studies of this calibre and look forward to hearing the outcomes.”

Chair of the Joint BSPGHAN/NIHR-Children Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Research Working Group, Stephen Allen, commented: “This new partnership with CLDF has produced immediate results. We look forward to working more closely together in the future to have an even greater impact on research in liver disease in children.”

Further information, contact Mairead Ritchie on 0121 212 6012 or

For more information on CLDF visit

Stephen Allen
Joint BSPGHAN/NIHR-Children Research Working Group
  Alison Taylor
Children's Liver Disease Foundation 

Small grants programme

Which makes available £5,000 quarterly.  The programme aims to support research teams to generate proof of principle, preliminary data or smaller projects.  Applications from nursing and allied professionals are welcome within this programme.  The programme will not top up funds for a larger grant award.  Turn around is swift.  Deadline application dates are 31 March, 30 June, 30 September & 31 December each year. For further details on the programme and to download an application form go to: