Heart disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases, and cancer are the leading causes of death and disability worldwide, representing 60% of all deaths. All of these diseases are linked to preventable causes, and it is therefore vital to understand the best strategies for their prevention. By developing and implementing successful, cost-effective interventions, it will be possible to reduce people’s risk of developing and dying from these major diseases.
Read more about what we mean by prevention research and the impact of MRC support for prevention research.
The National Prevention Research Initiative (NPRI) was a national initiative made up of government departments, research councils and major medical charities that worked together to encourage and support research into chronic disease prevention. Its core aim was to develop and implement successful, cost-effective interventions that reduce people’s risk of developing major diseases by influencing their health behaviours.