Research into Child Development



The drooling reduction intervention trial: a single blind trial comparing the efficacy of glycopyronium and hyoscine on drooling in children with neurodisability

Dr Jeremy Parr et al.

Newcastle University

£23,000 awarded.


Neuro-developmental outcomes of twins with different birth weights

Dr Ravi Swamy, Dr Nicholas Embleton

Neonatology, Ward 35, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle

£4,000 awarded.

The grant awarded allowed the purchase of equipment and forms for testing and recording psychological outcome in childhood, as well as travel expenses. The project successfully completed in 2010. Dr Swamy subsequently defended his thesis at viva voce and was awarded Doctor of Medicine (MD) from Newcastle University 2012. The work was presented at major international meetings in US (Pediatric Academic Societies) and Europe in 2009-2010.
PhD Thesis R Swamy. Neurodevelopmental outcomes of twins with different birthweights


Baby Express – Improving early relationships: A randomised controlled trial of an age paced parenting newsletter

Dr Tony Waterston, Ms Brenda Welsh

School of Clinical Medical Sciences. Newcastle University

£25,000 awarded.

The Baby Express project (which includes Toddler Express and Kids’ Express) has been extremely successful and has influenced national policy on parenting practice. A randomised controlled study was carried out on the effectiveness of the age-paced parenting newsletter and this showed improvements in understanding of the child and reduction in parent stress levels in the study arm. The work was published in Paediatrics and has been widely cited. As a result, the Department of Health recommended the use of Baby Express in the child health promotion programme.


DNA Bank – Gateshead Millenium Study

Dr Caroline Relton

Institutue of Health & Society. Newcastle Univeristy

£16,392 awarded.

This project involved the collection of saliva samples and establishment of a biobanked DNA resource for the Gateshead Millennium Study. Samples from approximately 500 mother-child pairs were collected. DNA was extracted and remaining saliva frozen. Samples are under the custodianship of the Newcastle BioBank (NBB). The samples are available for use by the wider scientific community.