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The William Harvey Research Foundation supports research primarily in the form of project grants to the William Harvey Research Institute on the following areas:

For the non-scientist this may seem a wide spectrum of different illnesses. In fact several common themes link these diseases. In keeping with the historical context of the work of William Harvey, the most important shared interest is blood circulation. Our emphasis is mainly on the local control of blood vessels and the interactions that occur with circulating blood cells. The prominence of this in these areas of research is due to the key role of the vascular endothelium in different disease mechanisms. The endothelium is a single layer of cells lining all blood vessels. It confers many beneficial effects that help maintain a healthy circulation. The endothelium also controls the local response to inflammation, which frequently plays a key part in these diseases.

Hence, research on the vascular endothelium and the mechanisms that control inflammation leads to new ways of preventing and treating these common and disabling diseases. Because new insights from one of these diseases are often relevant in other areas, the shared interests and cross-fertilisation of ideas in the William Harvey Research Institute adds value to the research and benefits the drug-discovery process.

The Foundation is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) and has been awarded 'best practice in medical and health research peer review' in 2015 by the AMRC.

Lord Turnberg, scientific advisor, AMRC: 'The peer review audit is an incredibly important exercise that allows all AMRC members to demonstrate their high quality processes in making research funding decisions. It allows our members to show their "badge of quality" which makes them stand out from the crowd.'

All AMRC members support the AMRC position statement on the use of animals in research http://www.amrc.org.uk/publications/statement-on-the-use-of-animals-in-research

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