Funding boost for UEA heart research

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Heart researchers at the University of East Anglia have been boosted by funding for a project that aims to develop new medicines for people with coronary heart disease.

The university has been awarded a grant of more than £200,000 by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) as part of a new multi-million pound boost for UK heart research.

Dr Samuel Fountain has been awarded the three year grant to find out how immune cells called monocytes contribute to atherosclerosis – the build-up of fatty deposits in blood vessel walls - that cause coronary heart disease.

Prof Jeremy Pearson, associate medical director at the BHF, said: 'Through research we're fighting for every heartbeat, so one day we can put an end to the devastation heart disease brings. This pioneering research project is one of thousands across the UK bringing us a step closer to winning the battle against heart disease.'

Dr Fountain added: 'We are very pleased to have received this prestigious research award. It's an exciting project about a major UK health problem.'

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