The Competence Network for Congenital Heart Defects was established in 2003. I have been its patron since its inception. Much progress has been made in the intervening years; because of its uniqueness and high level of professional expertise, both the research network and its associated National Register for Congenital Heart Defects have gone from strength to strength. This fills me with joy – and not a little pride.
It means a great deal to me personally to promote research into cardiovascular disease and contribute in some small way to medical progress. In years to come, children who are born with a congenital heart defect will not only survive, but will go on to enjoy a good quality of life in adulthood.
I hope that my name and my commitment will help to ensure that this important institution will continue to do excellent work in the future.
Patron of the Competence Network for Congenital Heart Defects
and of the National Register for Congenital Heart Defects