BY A STAFF REPORTER
AGRANT of £2,150 has been made by the Family Research Trust to increase knowledge of the biological facts on which the temperature method of birth control is based. It has been awarded to Dr. W. M. 0. Moore. Reader in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Manchester University.
The trust sponsors medical, educational and sociological studies which promote the wellbeing of the family. Dr. Moore will study the relationship between the excretion of hormones and the rise of temperature associated with ovulation.
The trust was set up in June 1969 after both the Second Vatican Council and Pope Paul, in Humanae Vitae, had underlined the importance of the family as an area of scientific and medical research. Members of . the Catholic Marriage Advisory Council were the first to subscribe to the Fund. Archbishop Beck, 19 priests and one doctor from the Liverpool archdiocese have subscribed £2,100, bringing the total to 13,600.
Dr. Moore's studies are the first to benefit from a Family Research Trust grant, but the trust will finance further research projects within the next year. Possible areas of interest to the trust are the relationship of family size to moral behaviour, a n d educational and cultural differences between man and wife and the effect on their children.
There may well be future projects on these subjects if finances are available. says the Catholic Information Office of England and Wales.
A Scientific Advisory Committee has been appointed and is now considering research projects submitted to it. The committee includes Prof. John Marshall, Department of Neurology, London University; Prof. C. J. Dewhurst, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, London University; Dr. Stuart Mason. Endocrinologist. London Hospital, and Mrs. Bernice Martin, Lecturer in. Sociology of Religion, London University.