Children’s health is at the centre of a new research programme funded by Fondation Botnar, a charitable foundation based in Switzerland.
Professor Sadaf Farooqi is launching a new study focused on obesity in children. The OSTRICH Study will seek to identify the genetic and physiological factors that increase the risk of obesity-related complications in some (not all) young people. The project will fund intervention studies in subgroups of children and adolescents with severe obesity and will support the training of Clinical Fellows in translational research.
Fondation Botnar is a Swiss charitable foundation established in 2003 to continue the philanthropic work of the Botnar family. The foundation’s focus is to improve the health, nutrition and education of children globally. The Foundation is also funding another study at Cambridge, aimed at developing much-needed new antibiotics, with a particular focus on tackling drug-resistant infections in cystic fibrosis.
Professor Joachim Seelig, member of the Board of Fondation Botnar, said:
We are pleased to be able to support diverse projects from world-leading researchers at the University of Cambridge. These projects address very different, but significant, challenges facing the health and wellbeing of young people around the world.