The National Horseracing Museum
Along with a number of other benefactors, the Alborada trust contributed substantially to the cost of The renovation and setting up of the new museum at Palace house in Newmarket. The museum have acknowledged this in naming the educational wing as The Alborada Education Centre.
At a total cost of over £800,000, the trust is funding research on three fronts at the Royal veterinary College, London and the Surrey School of Veterinary Medicine.
East Anglian Air Ambulance
The Trust has recently made a donation of £25,000 to cover the cost of purchase and conversion of a Land Rover ambulance to act as a Rapid Response Vehicle in support of their air ambulance.”
The ALBORADA Building at Bristol University Veterinary School
ALBORADA Professor of Equine and Farm Animal Science
James Wood, a veterinary epidemiologist with particular interests in infectious diseases, was appointed ALBORADA Professor of Equine and Farm Animal Science at the University of Cambridge in October 2008, following The ALBORADA Trust’s generous endowment of the professorship. He had been working as Director of the Cambridge Infectious Diseases Consortium in the Department of Veterinary Medicine for the previous 4 years, in a scheme devised to bring more veterinarians into infectious disease research – linking research programmes between Cambridge and other local research institutions, including the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, the Animal Health Trust, the Animal Health Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) and the Institute of Zoology.
As well as taking on responsibility for the equine and farm animal teaching and clinical activities at the Veterinary School, the endowment has allowed James to vigorously pursue his research programmes and has underpinned grant income or joint awards since 2008 of £8.1 million. This research programme focuses on emergence of infectious diseases, with particular regard to the fact that most new diseases of humans evolve from animals, including wildlife. The research programme falls into 3 main areas, comprising the ecology and emergence of mammalian influenza viruses, the maintenance and emergence of RNA viruses from African fruit bats and the epidemiology and control of important animal diseases, including bovine tuberculosis, African Horse Sickness and Blue Tongue.
ALZHEIMER'S RESEARCH UK
The Alzheimer’s Research UK Stem Cell Research Centre was established with the generous support of The ALBORADA Trust in 2014 and opened formally in 2015. The Centre is a pioneering collaboration between researchers at the University of Cambridge and UCL (University College, London). It builds on Nobel Prize-winning science conducted by Sir John Gurdon and uses the latest human stem cell technology to understand the biology of Alzheimer’s disease and to screen for new treatments.
The Research Centre brings together clinicians at UCL’s Institute of Neurology, with unique access to patient samples, and stem cell experts at the University of Cambridge’s Gurdon Institute. The Centre’s scientists are taking skin cells kindly donated by people with rare genetic forms of Alzheimer’s and using cutting-edge techniques to transform them first of all back into stem cells and then into working nerve cells. These final cells have many of the features of the nerve cells in the brain that become damaged in Alzheimer’s disease.
Dr Rick Livesey is leading the work of the Stem Cell Research Centre at the Gurdon Institute in Cambridge. He has demonstrated that the nerve cells in his laboratory develop key features of Alzheimer’s and can be used to study the disease more closely than is possible through brain scans. The findings from his team’s work are not only applicable to genetic forms of Alzheimer’s but could also inform our understanding of the more common non-genetic forms.
The innovative techniques being developed by the Stem Cell Research Centre are enabling scientists to investigate key aspects of Alzheimer’s disease in a lab-based system and to screen rapidly for potential new treatments in advance of clinical trials in patients.
THE BROOKE HOSPITAL
The Brooke is the UK’s leading working equine welfare charity, dedicated to improving the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules in some of the world's poorest communities. There are more than 100 million working horses, donkeys and mules worldwide. Through direct intervention and working with partners, they provide treatment to those animals most in need, as well as training and education to their owners and the wider community. The Brooke has already improved the quality of life for more than 2 million working equines and has an ambitious strategy to improve this figure.
The University of Cambridge’s wide-ranging and long-term strategy of engagement with African higher education institutions moved into its next phase following the recent announcement of a $1.2 million grant by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and a $1 million grant by The ALBORADA Trust.
CAPREx aims to strengthen Africa’s capacity for sustainable excellence in research through close collaborative work with the region’s most talented individuals.
Building on successful partnerships with the University of Ghana and also Uganda’s Makerere University, CAPREx’s goal is to widen the scope of engagement to include the whole of the University of Cambridge and involve a greater number of higher education institutions in Africa.
The University of Cambridge has a long and rich tradition of research in Africa, although most of it had previously depended on discreet collaborations between individuals or specific academic departments.
A more joined-up strategy has recently emerged for holistic engagement with African universities, based on existing initiatives such as THRiVE (Training Health Researchers into Vocational Excellence in East Africa) and MUII (Infection and Immunity Research Training Programme), both sponsored by The Wellcome Trust.
These capacity-building programmes focus on PhD and postdoctoral researchers in health-related disciplines. Young African researchers are matched with leading Cambridge academics who provide mentorship and support.
The ’Cambridge in Africa’ programme is led by Professor David Dunne (Department of Pathology), with input from Professors James Wood and Duncan Maskell (Department of Veterinary Medicine and now Deputy Vice-Chancellor) and Professor Megan Vaughan (Centre of African Studies), and support from Dr Pauline Essah.
It works in partnership with African universities and research institutes in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda, among others.
Professor Dunne, who has collaborated with colleagues from African institutions for over three decades, said: “I am delighted that we have received generous funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and from The ALBORADA Trust to support our Cambridge in Africa Programme.
Picture Caption: Dr Robert Tweyongyere, MUII fellow, working in Professor David Dunne’s laboratory, Cambridge, August 2011
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
With the help of The ALBORADA Trust, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) opened a new Surgical Emergency Referral Hospital in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake.
Work on the 107-bed Nap Kenbe Hospital began in 2011 and was completed in February 2012. The hospital treats victims of accidental trauma, such as falls and road accidents, and victims of violence, such as beatings, assaults and bullet wounds. The surgical hospital is able to carry out 150 surgeries a month.
In a country where 75 percent of the population live below the poverty line, and where referral facilities are vastly inadequate, the hospital will improve access to surgical care for everyone in Port-au-Prince.
Trauma injuries are one of the major causes of morbidity and mortality in Haiti. Surgery capabilities are needed, as are permanent structures in which to carry them out. As a result MSF created a container health structure that would bridge the gap between the emergency response and the longer-term response and would provide a variety of essential surgery services in a site that could be used by the city.
“By bringing together Haitian health professionals and high tech equipment, the Nap Kenbe Hospital makes it possible to deliver high quality care in a city where many Haitians have had no access to emergency trauma treatment,” says Gaëtan Drossart, MSF’s head of mission in Haiti.
“At a time when the Haitian government and donors are working to rebuild the country, it is essential to deal with the shortcomings in high quality and accessible medical care for a very impoverished population.”
MSF is incredibly grateful to The ALBORADA Trust for their continued support to the new Nap Kenbe Hospital which has helped us to treat a huge number of patients each month. In addition to a grant towards our work in Nigeria, the ALBORADA trust has agreed substantial grants towards the cost of our refugee camps in Beirut and Sudan through to 2020.
The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
The Alborada trust is a big supporter of Actionaid and have agreed substantial grants for the next three years to assist their work in Nepal and in Haiti, following the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew.Last year the ALBORADA trust donated £100,000 to Actionaid to help with their work in fightign EBOLA in Sierra Leone.
Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust
Rebuilding faces and lives with the help of 3D printing
In January 2015, the Trustees of the Alborada Trust awarded Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust a very generous grant of £80,775 to set-up an in-house 3D printing service at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. This report shows what your grant has helped to achieve.
Project backgroundMedical 3D printing is a quick and cost-effective way of producing models of organs or anatomic structures that accurately represent a patient’s anatomy. Models derived from MRI, X-ray or CT scans that depict the unique and intricate details of a patient’s condition, enable surgeons to take planning for surgery to another level. Previously, off-the-shelf surgical implants had to be bent into place during surgery while the patient was under anaesthetic. Thanks to 3D printing, bespoke implants can be custom-tailored before surgery. This, together with the surgeons’ improved understanding about what to expect, ensures that patients benefit from better results and less time spent in the operating theatre.
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Wolfson College Cambridge
£1.5m for Scholarships to Wolfson College
The ALBORADA Trust has made an unprecedented commitment to support Veterinary and Medical Science students at Wolfson College Cambridge with a gift of £1.5m, to mark the College’s 50th Anniversary.
Wolfson is home to both mature undergraduate and postgraduate students, who are studying all disciplines. They come from over 80 countries and many describe their time at the College as life-changing. The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, has said that Wolfson students have a special role to play in building the future of Cambridge University.
The ALBORADA Trust’s visionary investment will be transformative for the student recipients of the ALBORADA Scholarships and for the College, ensuring that it continues to be at the centre of the University’s vision for the future.
Up to 50 students will benefit from substantial financial assistance for at least three years of their study at Wolfson. This is the largest gift to Wolfson’s £5m 50th Anniversary Campaign to date, and the College is enormously grateful to the Trustees for their outstanding generosity in making this exceptional gift which marks a significant culmination to the College’s 50th Anniversary year.
The ALBORADA Trust