The Little Foundation

William John Little

Dr William John Little

The Little Foundation is a Harley Street-based medical research charity operating internationally. Our aim is to reduce the toll of brain damage occurring before and at birth, a problem that affects millions of people all over the world.

Established in 1990 by Ian Dawson-Shepherd – who also founded our sister charity Scope – the charity was named after William Little, the English surgeon who described what became known as “Little’s disease”, a spastic paralysis of both lower limbs which later became known as infantile cerebral palsy.

The charity focuses on funding research into the causes of cerebral palsy and also 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.