Smiths Medical renews research partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital and University College London  

5 December 2008

Smiths Medical has announced a new five-year research partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), the Institute of Child Health (ICH) and University College London (UCL).

The partnership will provide sponsorship for the Smiths Medical Professor of Anaesthesia and Critical Care at UCL. In addition, funding will be made available to the Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Respiratory Unit at ICH to support research into paediatric respiratory physiology and paediatric anaesthesia and intensive care.

Professor Monty Mythen, the Smiths Medical Chair of Anaesthesia and Critical Care, said: “Over the last decade there has been a steady increase of respiratory disease in children but the level of funding for research in this area has not increased in parallel. The funding provided by Smiths Medical will enable further research into childhood respiratory disease such as asthma and cystic fibrosis which we hope will result in new treatment options for generations to come.”  

Srini Seshadri, Group Managing Director of Smiths Medical, said: “It is a privilege to work so closely with the doctors and scientists at UCL, ICH and GOSH. The research will be vital to the development of new treatments for respiratory disease in children. As well as providing financial support, our R&D scientists are working in collaboration with clinicians to develop new technology which we hope will ease the lives of children and adults with respiratory disease in the future.”

Smiths Medical has contributed over £4 million towards medical research at UCL and GOSH in the last decade and this unique collaboration has resulted in a series of innovative and adventurous research projects, including the development of a breakthrough clinical device that could transform the lives of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) across the world. The new technology is based on an oxygen device invented over 50 years ago by the British rocket scientist Tom Bourdillon for the 1953 Hillary and Tenzing Everest expedition: see MTB Europe news story: Rediscovered Everest breathing device leads to breakthrough in care of COPD patients

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