APF announces £300,000 grant to fund major IPF research project -The Mike Bray IPF Research Fellowship
Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis is today launching The Mike Bray IPF Research Fellowship in memory of its founder and former chairman, who passed away earlier this year. The £300,000 Fellowship will be awarded over three years to an outstanding research project, which enhances understanding of the causes of IPF or advances treatments.
The funding has been raised purely through the commitment and generosity of individual fundraisers and those who have made donations in memory of a loved one, often at a very difficult time in their own lives. Our supporters told us how important it was that the money they raised went towards research – we listened. We are hugely grateful to all our supporters who have made this significant contribution possible.
APF Trustee, Dr Helen Parfrey, Consultant Respiratory Physician at Papworth Hospital said:
“Mike was a patient of mine at Papworth Hospital following his diagnosis with pulmonary fibrosis in 2005. He received a single lung transplant five years later and, together with his wife, Elizabeth and a small group of patients, family members and clinicians, founded APF in 2013.
“ Mike sadly passed away in January this year after what he described as ‘six good years of extra life’, but not before witnessing the charity go from strength to strength. We have been astounded at the tremendous amount of support we have received during the four years since we began and are very proud to be able to contribute the very significant sum of £300,000 to a research project in Mike’s name.”
APF Trustee, Mrs Elizabeth Bray said:
“Mike would have been very proud to have a research project in his name. Being a patient and understanding so well the effects of IPF on the patient, their family and friends, after his transplant he worked hard to raise awareness and to encourage actions to improve the treatment and care for all IPF patients. This grant will help to achieve those improvements. Thank you to all who have made it possible.”
Following that, preliminary applications will be open from 3rd January 2018. Deadline for preliminary applications is 18th February 2018.