Clare Moody MEP met scientists at the Francis Crick Institute in London, a pioneering biomedical research facility, to learn about their ground-breaking work into cancer.
The Francis Crick Institute is one of the world’s largest single-site biomedical research facilities, capable of shaping the future of global health.
A partnership between Cancer Research UK, the Medical Research Council, Wellcome, UCL (University College London), King’s College London and Imperial College London, the Francis Crick Institute is dedicated to promoting collaborative research. Scientists are fighting back against some of the biggest threats to human health including cancer, cardiovascular disease, respiratory diseases and diabetes. Cancer Research UK donated £100m for the build of the Crick and contributes £53m towards the running costs each year.
During the visit, Ms Moody learnt about the research being carried out at the Francis Crick Institute into the biology and causes of cancer.
The MEP for the South West and Gibraltar met Dr Barry Thompson to find out more about how his research into cancer could help ensure more children and adults survive the disease.
Clare said: “Cancer has a devastating impact on families in the South West, so it was inspiring to hear about the progress being made to beat the disease.
“The visit highlighted why it is so important to support vital research that can benefit people affected by cancer, not just in my region but across the UK.
“Visiting somewhere like the Francis Crick Institute crystallises the fact that we must stay part of the world’s largest research area, with the collaboration, funding, and life-saving research that goes with it.”
Matt Davies, Head of Public Affairs at Cancer Research UK, said: “We are really pleased that Clare was able to spend time finding out more about the value of investing in research.”
“Today, 1 in 2 people diagnosed with cancer in the UK survive their disease, but we need to do more. At Cancer Research UK, we are working to accelerate progress so that by 2034, 3 in 4 people diagnosed with cancer survive the disease. In order to achieve this ambition it is crucial that the government continues to encourage and support research.
“Support from MEPs and MPs is vital to ensuring our work can continue and lead to ground-breaking discoveries that will benefit patients throughout the UK and beyond.”