Rosetrees Trust

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Rosetrees Trust
Founder Nat & Teresa Rosenbaum (in 1987)
Focus Medical Research
  • London, United Kingdom
Area served United Kingdom and overseas
Key people Richard Ross, Chairman

Rosetrees Trust (Charitable) was created in 1987 by a family business, using venture philanthropy to find and fund leading medical researchers across a wide range of illnesses.

Rosetrees provides grant funding to medical researchers to support bio-medical research.[1] [2]


Rosetrees was established in 1987 and for over 25 years, using an endowment provided by the founding family, has gifted millions of pounds to medical research. Rosetrees has supported a network of professors, researchers and universities. In that time it has used some of its income (£4 million) to help secure over £150 million of grants from major funders such as the Wellcome Trust, the Medical Research Council (UK) and Cancer Research UK.

Current projects[edit]

Rosetrees supports over 200 projects, including researchers at the University of Southampton,[3] Institute of Cancer Research, Arthritis Research Campaign, Royal College of Surgeons, University College London, University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, King's College London, Imperial College London,[4] Institute of Psychiatry,[5] UCL Institute of Neurology,[6] Royal Free Hospital,[7] and Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  1. Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
  2. Brain Research
  3. Cancer
  4. Coronary and Lung Disease
  5. Digestive and Urinary Disorders
  6. Eye Disease and Hearing Disorders
  7. Immunology and Transplantation
  8. Maternity and Children
  9. Parkinson's Disease
  10. Rheumatology and Tissue Disorders
  11. Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

Projects funded[edit]

Some of the 200 plus research projects include:

  • Funding of research by Dr Rachel Batterham,[8] which has shown that the appetite of 2 people eating the same food is different. One will have eaten sufficiently whilst the other will want more food because they have a genetic variant, which prevents them from feeling full up and entices them to eat fatty foods.[9]
  • Rosetrees has supported the Institute of Cancer Research scientists with more than £1,000,000 to date. For example, Identification of a new gene that causes form of childhood cancer, Wilms Tumour and children are now being treated as a result.[10]
  • Rosetees is Funding Professor Molly Stevens in her work in Identification of nanoparticles as constituent of calcification. Rheumatic fever causes calcification and there are more than 2 million children in China with this disease. Calcification present in the cardiovascular system can cause cardiovascular disease; one of top killers in the world today[11]
  • Funding fellowships and prizes at the Royal College of Surgeons.[12] In 2009 Rosetrees Trust began supporting a new annual prize for Surgical Research Fellows for the best essay in answer to the question ‘Describe how your research project will contribute to improvements in patient care within the next five years?’ The 2010 winner was Surgeon Lt-Commander Catherine Doran MRCS: ‘To Stop the Bleeding in a War Zone’.[13]