Since we were founded in 1961, death rates from heart and circulatory disease have more than halved in the UK - largely due to research funded by us, carried out you, our dedicated researchers.
But coronary heart disease is still the single largest cause of death in the UK, quality of life is diminished for the millions living with life changing cardiovascular diseases and each day seemingly healthy young people die unexpectedly from a heart rhythm disorder. Only when we fully understand the complex reasons behind the wide variety of cardiovascular diseases will we be able to neutralise their threat.
Research is the only answer
Our new Research Strategy reaffirms our commitment to funding the best and brightest scientists, researching all types of cardiovascular disease, from the lab to the clinic.
After consultation with a number of different groups, including some of the researchers and clinicians we fund, as well as patients and their carers, the strategy introduces plans to help researchers in need of more support, ways in which we can improve our funding schemes and our plans to encourage research translation through the new Translational Award.
We will continue to build on our current strengths, such as our Centres of Research Excellence and Centres of Regenerative Medicine, and stimulate research in areas that we know are in need of more support, like as congenital heart disease and heart surgery.
Powered by the public
We are totally reliant on the generosity of people who donate time and money to our cause. Your research progress is a direct result of their generous contributions.
But this new Research Strategy means we need to raise more than half a billion pounds between now and 2020, so we must continue to inspire the public as we work towards our common goal of a world without cardiovascular disease.