Research by surgeons over the past 50 years has done and immense amount to reduce mortality and disease and improve the quality of life for patients. The results of such work range from life-saving advances in heart and cancer surgery to life-enhancing procedures such as hip and knee replacement. Surgery remains the mainstay, indeed, only effective treatment for many diseases including solid cancers of the bowel, breast and lung, diseases causing organ failure (transplantation), victims of trauma, age-related disabilities, and disease or injury requiring reconstruction. It is only through surgical research that there are advances in surgical technique and management of surgical conditions and this is why it is so important that we support it. The Royal College of Surgeons runs a programme of 1 year Research Fellowships that the Freemasons Fund for Surgical Research currently supports.