CLDF’s Scientific Committee is an eminent body of leading medical professionals which assesses the research grant applications made to the Foundation and reviews how research projects are progressing. This vital work gives hope to so many families.
CLDF's scientific committee also includes lay members.
Helen Thomas served as a lay member of the scientific committee and has been a supporter of CLDF since her daughter
Megan (now age 6) was diagnosed with Tyrosinaemia Type 1 in 2011.
Helen has raised funds for CLDF in the past, most recently by
organising a Winter Ball in 2012. She says; 'After organising a
fundraising event, I was keen to help CLDF in a different way. Being
involved in the scientific committee gave me the opportunity to find out
more about where the money goes, and what the process of choosing a
research projects entails. It was also a great opportunity to meet other
Being involved in clinical research in her professional life, Helen
felt that she had quite a good understanding of whether the projects
were realistic in terms of plans and timescales. However she is keen to
stress that a medical or scientific background is not necessary in order
to get involved with the committee. 'CLDF provided all the necessary
training to enable us to understand the research process and make
comments on the projects. It was a really interesting experience and I’m
really glad I took part.'
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