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The Somerville Foundation opens the UK's first dedicated congenital heart research centre

The University of Suffolk (UOS) and The Somerville Foundation (TSF) have partnered to establish a new state-of-the-art research centre based in Suffolk.

The first ever dedicated congenital heart research centre in the UK, and part of only a handful worldwide, will focus on finding more effective ways to treat and support individuals with congenital heart conditions.

It will utilise UOS’s expertise in cardiovascular science, exercise physiology and psychology and TSF’s expertise in supporting people with the condition.

The centre will be screening members of the public as well as sportsmen and women for heart conditions such as those affecting footballer Fabrice Muamba and England cricketer James Taylor. 

The University of Suffolk will be using the same state of the art facilities to investigate congenital heart disease that is used on the Master’s Degree programme specialising in sports science and coaching in partnership with Ipswich Town Football Club.

Find out why..........

The Somerville Foundation has always worked hard to improve the lives of people who were born with a heart condition. However much more needs to be done, especially when it comes to research. There are some fantastic examples of research being carried out within GUCH News issue 81. TSF welcomes and supports this research, however it is only the tip of the iceberg. The sad reality is that too many congenital heart disease (CHD) patients are dying prematurely, live restricted and in some cases unhappy lives, as a direct result of their heart condition. We are a long way from having all the answers.

Together with UOS, we will be raising funds to support the work of The Somerville Foundation, especially by (though not restricted to):

Giving grants to researchers, cardiologists, medics and academics to find more effective ways to treat and support CHD patients
Giving grants to those seeking to find ways to improve the mental health of GUCH patients
Raising awareness of the needs of CHD patients and in particular the need for good quality research
Programs and services based upon good practice identified through research

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Please call John Richardson on 01473 252007 or e-mail to discuss ways to support your research.

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