Caroline Nokes MP recently attended a British Heart Foundation (BHF) event highlighting the importance of support for life saving scientific research.
At an event in Westminster, Caroline met Archie Strachan, 9, who lives with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH); a debilitating condition which leaves him breathless, exhausted and prone to heart failure. Archie was joined by Professor Nick Morrell who, with BHF funding, is developing a pioneering treatment that gives new hope to PAH patients.
Breakthrough discoveries like Professor Morrell’s, wouldn’t be possible without funding from charities, who invest around £1.3 billion every year in UK medical research. But this research also relies on Government investment and support to provide the foundations on which charities and industry can build.
This is why the real terms preservation of the science budget was so important. Thanks to ongoing Government investment, UK scientists can continue with their world-beating research, stimulating the economy and providing hope of new treatments to patients like Archie.
It is vital that the Government continues to protect the UK’s outstanding research environment so that scientists can concentrate on finding the next lifesaving cure.
“The UK leads the world in medical research, punching well above our weight. This isn’t down to a single factor but thanks to a team effort, with investment from the Government supporting funding from charities like the BHF.
“If we are to prevent, diagnose and treat devastating conditions like cardiovascular disease in Romsey and Southampton North, we need to ensure we protect our world-class research environment.”
Professor Peter Weissberg, Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation, said:
“The BHF funds more than half of all academic heart research carried out in the UK, but we couldn’t do it alone. Every single research grant we fund is underpinned by Government investment in universities and hospitals.
If we are to continue with our life saving research and the fight against heart disease, the Government must protect the UK’s fantastic research environment.”
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Notes to editors
British Heart Foundation
For over 50 years we’ve pioneered research that’s transformed the lives of people living with heart and circulatory conditions. Our work has been central to the discoveries of vital treatments that are changing the fight against heart disease. But so many people still need our help. From babies born with life-threatening heart problems to the many Mums, Dads and Grandparents who survive a heart attack and endure the daily battles of heart failure. Join our fight for every heartbeat in the UK. Every pound raised, minute of your time and donation to our shops will help make a difference to people’s lives. For more information visit bhf.org.uk
Find out more about the vital work carried out by our researchers at https://www.bhf.org.uk/research