Mil Vukovic-Smart
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A Healthy Future for UK Medical Research

Mil Vukovic-Smart
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30 Jun 2014

The Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research case-study on Minimal Residual Disease Testing presented in parliament as one of the sixteen stories to demonstrate the value of UK medical research.

We are terribly proud to report that the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research case-study on Medical Residual Disease (MRD) Testing has been one of the stories selected to be presented at the All Party Group on Medical Research Summer Reception on 16 June.

On behalf of the All-Party Group, the Association of Medical Research Charities ran a competition to select 16 best stories, out of 93 entries, to demonstrate the value of medical research in the exhibition that accompanied the reception.

This was the first year Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research took part in this high-profile parliamentary event which was this year addressed by Health Minister, Lord Howe, and Science Minister, Steven Willetts.

In addition of producing a wonderful poster to illustrate the importance of MRD testing for personalised treatments (visible in the left corner of the image, number six), and being included in a booklet to accompany the exhibition, we were particularly grateful for the opportunity to invite one of our supporters who benefited from the MRD testing – Joe Smale and his mum, Debbie - to the reception. Bringing patients, carers, researchers and politicians together is something we feel passionate about and we very much hope to be able to do more of that in the future.

On the same day, Cancer Research UK, the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Wellcome Trust and the Department of Health published the report Medical Research: What's it worth? that reviewed the economic benefits of cancer-related research in the UK. The report found that each pound invested in cancer-related research by the taxpayer and charities returns around 40 pence to the UK every year. A one big cheer for UK medical research!

Comments

01.07.2014

Great blog, Mil. Great to see the MRD test get the recognition it deserves!

Anonymous
30.09.2014

I think you'll find it is Minimal Residual Disease, not Medical Residual Disease. Maybe a better knowledge of LLR research would be a good idea?