This week in Westminster, Robin Walker, MP for Worcester met with some of the UK’s leading medical scientists to hear how their ground-breaking research is helping to tackle conditions such as cancer, dementia, eye disease, Parkinson’s and brain injury in new-born babies.
Robin attended the University of Worcester’s Association for Dementia Studies reception in Westminster which was held to mark their 5 year anniversary. As a long term supporter of the University of Worcester, Robin was interested to learn more about their current projects and to meet the experts from cross-sectors who are involved in this centre. It is the only centre in the UK where research is conducted relating to practical care for dementia. The Alzheimer’s Society had a stand in conjunction with the University of Worcester and Robin met with their representatives and joined them in celebrating this agenda setting reception. The Alzheimer’s Society were talking about their focused intervention training and support projects.
The reception, organised by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Medical Research, brought together researchers, patients, parliamentarians and government ministers. They were there to discuss how long-term support and investment by the government can ensure that the UK’s medical research sector continues to make a huge difference to the health and wealth of the UK. This cutting edge research, funded by government, charities and industry, can lead to innovative treatments and new drugs, and ultimately help people live longer, healthier lives. Furthermore, it raises awareness of important health issues, influences, government policy and creates economic growth:
Lord Turnberg of Cheadle, Chair of the APPG on Medical Research said: “Advances in medical research have brought great benefit to the UK’s health and economic prosperity. To maintain the UK’s leading position in medical research, a long-term commitment to research from this and future governments is essential. Collectively we must do everything we can to ensure the UK medical research has a healthy future.”
Dr Jim Smith, Deputy Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council said: “Our thriving medical research sector is a cornerstone of a strong and productive UK economy. Government commitment to long-term stable funding is vital in reinforcing the UK’s reputation as a global leader in medical research and creating an environment that attracts investment.
“Between 2006 and 2013, the Medical Research Council funding of £3.5 billion helped leverage an additional £3.2 billion in health research funding from other organisations. This collaboration with other government and charity funders is at the heart of our strategy to help grow the UK economy and deliver improvements to health.”
Robin said: “Medical research saves and improves the lives of countless people and needs our support to continue and deliver for both Worcester and the rest of the UK. I will continue to back public, private and charity-funded researchers who are making a real different to patients’ lives. Furthermore these research projects help to grow our economy by developing new and innovative treatments which means jobs for Worcester residents and many other people across the UK. This event is particularly relevant as it has come during the week that our Prime Minister was leading a G7 conference on dealing with dementia.”