Children help Sheffield doctors with vital research

Dr Paul Dimitri with Emily and James Hall as part of Sheffield Children's Hospital research

Dr Paul Dimitri with Emily and James Hall as part of Sheffield Children's Hospital research

A BUDDING scientist and his little sister gave up part of their school holidays – and it was all in the name of medical research.

James Hall, aged 13, and his sister Emily, 10, from Bradway, Sheffield, helped researchers at Sheffield Children’s Hospital by taking part in two studies to see if childhood obesity can affect bone density and cause a lack of vitamin D in the body.

The pair spent time in the Children’s Clinical Research Facility at the hospital, undergoing tests and having special images taken using a high-tech bone density scanner.

They became involved in the study because their mum Jeanette, worked on the hospital’s specialist research ward and heard about the work that takes place there.

Jeanette said: “When I was training to be a nurse I was very interested in research and loved getting involved and reading about it.

“I wanted to do anything I could to help. Being involved in studies like this is also very educational for the kids, they learn about their bodies and the things that can affect them, and they get to see how what they eat can be a big factor in their health.”

James, a Year 9 pupil at Meadowhead School, said: “When mum asked if we wanted to take part in a study I thought it was really cool because I want to be a scientist one day. I’m really looking forward to getting my results and seeing my X-rays.

“Hearing about the good things taking part in these trials can do is pretty cool too, I’d definitely tell my friends about it at school.”

The trials will be running for six months and will involve 50 children.

n Email crf@sch.nhs.uk or call 0114 271 7417 for more details about the research.




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