£1.5m available for research on respiratory diseases

March 2015

Respiratory diseases are thought to cause one in four of all deaths in the UK, killing more people than ischaemic heart disease, and costing the NHS over £6 billion. Death rates are higher in the UK than both the European and EU average. Only seven other European countries have a worse record than the UK – five of which are former Soviet Union countries with relatively under-funded, less sophisticated health services.


The Medical Research Foundation (MRF) is committed to supporting research to alleviate the burden of respiratory diseases and is making up to £1.5m available to increase understanding of the disease mechanisms underlying inflammatory, interstitial and fibrotic lung diseases, including mesothelioma. It is hoped that the research will lead to better diagnosis or modification of the progression and outcomes of these diseases.


The MRF is able to do this thanks to the generous support of our donors – the late Rosa Wheable, Hilda Thomas, Leonard Heath and Beatrice Nash, and a donation in memory of Michael Abbott.


If you would like to help UK scientists make a difference, please donate to support respiratory diseases research.


If you are a UK scientist with the skills, experience and passion to increase understanding of inflammatory, interstitial and fibrotic lung diseases, then we would like to hear from you.