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CaSE welcomes new member BHF

18 Jun 2015

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) are the nation’s heart charity and the largest independent funder of cardiovascular research.

Chief Executive, Simon Gillespie comments on their decision to join:

“We are delighted to be supporting the Campaign for Science and Engineering. Research is at the heart of everything the BHF does. Every year we fund around £100 million of medical research to help us better understand, prevent and treat heart disease. We are the largest funder of cardiovascular research in the UK, but we cannot do this alone. We need an excellent environment for science in the UK, in particular high levels of government investment, and we are looking forward to working with CaSE to champion science and engineering with UK politicians.

Despite incredible progress over the last fifty years, too many people are still dying from and living with heart disease. If we want to improve their lives and the lives of their children then we need more research. It is critical that organisations like BHF and CaSE work together to advocate for the progress which patients need.”

Acting Director Naomi Weir says:

“As the daughter of a cardiac nurse I have grown up very aware of the impact of cardiovascular disease on individuals and the UK – but also of the vital work of BHF. Along with other medical research charities, they illustrate the crucial role Government has in supporting our highly-productive multi- sector science base.

Public investment, through schemes such as the Charity Research Support Fund, allows charities like BHF to partner with the Government and make a great difference to people’s lives through world-class research. We are very pleased to welcome BHF as organisational members and look forward to working more closely with them. “CaSE are keen to ensure the needs of the whole science and engineering community are being heard at the highest levels of government.