Stephen has shown his support for UK medical research by joining British Heart Foundation (BHF) scientists and heart patients to hear how research is helping to save and improve the lives of the millions of people affected by heart disease.
At an event in Westminster, Stephen spoke with heart patients and BHF-funded researchers to learn more about the latest research projects, the hope they offer to people with heart conditions and why government support is vital. Stephen said: “Heart disease is a devastating condition that affects thousands of people across East Ham.
“But with the public’s support, charities like the BHF are able to fund some of the world’s leading researchers, who work tirelessly to find the next major breakthrough that could help save more lives. If we are to continue making great strides in heart research both the public, including people in East Ham, and the Government need to support our brightest scientists.”
The BHF is calling on the Government to maintain the current ring-fencing of the science budget and to commit to future increases. Professor Peter Weissberg, Medical Director at the BHF, said: “Any cut to science funding would be extremely damaging to our life saving research and the fight against heart disease. The Government urgently needs to secure the future of medical research by maintaining the current ring-fence and committing to future increases.”