New funding to mend broken hearts announced

11 February 2015        

We're pleased to announce a £1.2 million boost for research at UK researchers working to mend broken hearts. The money will fund the UK part of three international collaborations with leading researchers based in Israel.

The Prime Minister announced the launch of the funding today, which is part of an initiative called the Britain Israel Research and Academic Exchange Partnership (BIRAX). Our projects are centred on finding ways to regenerate hearts damaged by heart attack so we can prevent heart failure.

Around 175,000 heart attacks are diagnosed in the UK each year. Research we have funded has helped improve survival rates dramatically over the past 50 years so that around seven in ten people survive.

What is heart failure?

But when someone suffers a heart attack, their heart is starved of oxygen that causes irreversible damage. This damage can mean the heart is less able to pump blood around the body. This is called heart failure. In its severest form heart failure has a life expectancy worse than most cancers. Hundreds of thousands of people in the UK are living with heart failure.

Each project will be funded by £200,000 grant from us and £200,000 from BIRAX. The UK arms of the projects are at:

You make our research possible

Over the coming weeks we will be sharing more information about each project so you can find out more about the cutting edge science we're funding to help mend broken hearts.

We can only fund research because of your donations.