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The Little Foundation
The Little Foundation logo.jpg
Type Registered charity No. 803551
Founded 1990
Headquarters London, UK
Staff Lord Walton of Detchant, Patron
Lord Hameed, of Hampstead, President and Christopher Robinson, Chairman
Area served International
Focus "To reduce the toll of brain damage occurring before and at birth"
Method Research funding, Public policy, and Education.

The Little Foundation is a London based charity operating internationally.

Named in honour of William Little, the English surgeon who described what became known as 'Little's disease', a spastic paralysis of both lower limbs which then became known as infantile cerebral palsy. The charity, founded in 1990 by the late Ian Dawson-Shepherd[1], initially focussed on funding research[2][3][4] into the causes of cerebral palsy but now has broader objectives seeking to fund research into not only the causes and prevention of cerebral palsy but also allied disorders which include autism, dyslexia, epilepsy, deafness and blindness, learning difficulties, and other forms of neurodevelopmental disorder.

On 4 November 2009, Lord Hameed, the charity's president, tabled a motion in the House of Lords asking the Government what measures have been taken to prevent cerebral palsy which now costs the NHS £4 billion every year.[5][6]



The charity's most recent research projects include:

  • Defining and classifying cerebral palsy[7]
  • Clinical and MRI correlates of cerebral palsy[8]
  • Autism spectrum disorder in children with and without epilepsy[9]

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Brain project; Funded by the Little Foundation." The Times [London, England] 22 Nov. 1990
  3. ^ "Research on handicaps; Letter." The Times [London, England] 30 Aug. 1991
  4. ^ "Baby brain damage research launched." The Times [London, England] 30 Jan. 1992: p.5
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  7. ^ Rosenbaum P, Paneth N, Leviton A, et al. (February 2007). "A report: the definition and classification of cerebral palsy April 2006". Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. Supplement 109: 8–14. PMID 17370477.  
  8. ^ Bax M, Tydeman C, Flodmark O (October 2006). "Clinical and MRI correlates of cerebral palsy: the European Cerebral Palsy Study". JAMA 296 (13): 1602–8. doi:10.1001/jama.296.13.1602. PMID 17018805.  
  9. ^ Turk J, Bax M, Williams C, Amin P, Eriksson M, Gillberg C (April 2009). "Autism spectrum disorder in children with and without epilepsy: impact on social functioning and communication". Acta Paediatrica 98 (4): 675–81. doi:10.1111/j.1651-2227.2008.01184.x. PMID 19173683.  

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