MP helps to keep UK as world leader in medical research

August 3, 2010 12:06 PM
Huppert and science

Julian goes back to the lab to give his support for keeping the UK in the forefront of medical research.

Government support is vital if the UK is to continue as a world leader in medical research, MP Julian Huppert told a Westminster reception.

Julian, Vice-Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Medical Research, hosted the event and brought together MPs and representatives from charities and health industries to showcase the UK's excellent medical research base.

He impressed upon them how it is crucial that the government unite medical researchers across academia, the NHS and charitable sector to generate world class medical science so that ultimately patients can benefit.

Julian said: "As a scientist who has worked for many years at the forefront of medical research, I know how funding is vitally important if the UK is to continue as a world leader.

"Medical research brings huge benefits to patients and this reception was extremely useful in bringing together those supporting this work to make sure that the UK remains at the forefront of medical research with full backing from the government."

Simon Denegri, Chief Executive of the Association of Medical Research Charities said: "I am delighted that so many MPs were able to attend the parliamentary reception and see how patients and researchers are working together to improve the lives of millions of people through medical and health research.

"The UK is second only to the Netherlands in the proportion of people who have donated to medical research and it is this sort of overwhelming support that has enabled medical research charities to fund over £1 billion of research in the last year alone. But it is important that we capitalise on the advances we have already made and this means the Government joining with the public and backing the very best of British science with sound investment and the freedom to innovate."

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