1st February 2016
We are delighted to announce that Action for A-T has been awarded an AMRC (Association of Medical Research Charities) ‘BEST PRACTICE IN MEDICAL AND HEALTH RESEARCH CERTIFICATE’.
Peer review is an accepted means of assessing the quality of research, and AMRC believes that it is the best way for medical research charities to decide what research to fund. Medical research charities use peer review to award grants so that their decision making is independent and transparent. The validity of peer review is based on certain principles: for example, that there are no conflicts of interest, the expert scientific review is high quality, independent and unbiased.
The audit confirms that Action for A-T use robust methods to make decisions about which research projects to fund and that we support the best researchers and the highest quality research, with the best chance of improving the lives of those affected by A-T. We believe that funding high quality research is the very least that children and adults living with A-T deserve.
On being awarded the certificate, Sean Kelly, Action for A-T Chief Executive said: “Since the charity was established in 2012, we have been committed to invest our funds as wisely as possible. In the past 2 years, we have introduced a number of processes and measures to help us decide which research projects to fund. We are thrilled that Action for A-T has been acknowledged by this Best Practice certificate as displaying the Peer Review Audit logo will provide our donors with even more confidence that we are investing their donated funds wisely. We are also extremely grateful to both our internal Research Advisory Committee and external reviewers who allow us to call upon their expertise, and volunteer their time to advise us on which research projects we should fund. Without their support, we just could not make decisions on funding the best researchers and research of the greatest scientific merit.”