The Medical Research Charities Group (MRCG) is an umbrella group of medical research and patient support charities, which represents the joint interests of charities specialising in restoring health through medical research, diagnosis, treatment and, where possible, the prevention of disease. A core belief of the group is that today’s health research is tomorrow’s healthcare.
Fighting Blindness has always believed that unity brings strength, and since its inception in 1998, the MRCG has demonstrated that no matter how large or small the organisation, collectively our voices can make a difference.
We have campaigned with our colleagues in the MRCG for better infrastructures to encourage research. We support and educate each other by sharing our experiences in the development and enabling of our research strategies.
The joint funding scheme through the Medical Research Charities Group/Health Research Board, which launched in 2006 and allows for €1 million in matched funding to support excellence in research, has bolstered many projects that may otherwise have been too small to attract the necessary funding. These projects have gone from strength to strength, and we now believe that Irish medical research has a stronger footing than ever before.
We showcase the work of our members each year through pre-budget submissions to TDs and senators, highlighting the fantastic results and the importance of medical research, not only to the economy and the development of our educational systems, but also (and most importantly) to the improvement in quality of life for Irish patients.
The MRCG will provide a sustaining and integrating influence across the medical research community, promoting scientific, clinical and paramedical research. The MRCG believes that patient organisations should lead and stimulate critical medical research needed by patients, and will provide leadership and support to charities in Ireland that are engaged in medical research.
The MRCG’s mission is to generate a dynamic medical research environment in Ireland. This will be achieved by partnership with external organisations; advocacy to enable change; a forum to promote education and integration; and the provision of direct services to members.
The MRCG has identified four goals for achieving our mission:
• Increase the funding for medical research in Ireland.
• Remove the barriers to medical research in Ireland.
• Increase the profile of medical research in Ireland.
• Provide the services and supports members require.