Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect and the leading cause of infant death in the UK. 1 in 180 are born with a heart defect - that's 12 babies a day in the UK.
Recent advances in medicine have improved survival rates, but many patients face physical limitations and an uncertain lifespan into their adulthood.
We hope that the research undertaken at the new Heart Research Centre based at the University of Suffolk can improve the lives of individuals with congenital heart disease and improve the cardiac screening of the young in the UK.
John Richardson, National Director of The Somerville Foundation said "We have seen patients lives cut tragically short as a result of their illness. We know that there is a world of new discoveries, better treatments and surgical techniques that will in the future help those born with heart conditions live longer, healthier, happier lives. Our partnership with University of Suffolk provides a fantastic new opportunity for patients."