Action for A-T is a rare-disease charity in a rare situation: it has funding for research but few applicants. Sean Kelly, the charity’s chief executive, tells Ashleigh Furlong why ataxia telangiectasia is a condition more researchers should work on.
Sean’s top tips
- Consider applying even if you have not worked specifically in A-T research before.
- Check your facts and figures, ensuring that everything is backed up by previous research.
- Try to focus on one issue that you want to tackle rather than approaching many at once.
- Do not be put off if you are an early-career researcher.
Action for A-T is a charity that funds research into ataxia telangiectasia, a rare genetic degenerative disease that affects the entire body. In A-T, a gene called ATM is mutated, causing problems for the nervous, immune and reproductive systems.