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Huntington's Chorea

Volume 892: debated on Friday 23 May 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what research is currently being conducted in the United Kingdom on the nature and cure of Huntington's chorea; and whether any public money is available for such research.

A wide range of basic neurological work which could advance the knowledge of the nature of Hunting-ton's chorea is being promoted by the Medical Research Council. The major part of the research programme at the MRC neurochemical pharmacology unit is concerned with studies of the biochemical changes underlying the disease. Other biomedical investigations are In progress at the MRC brain metabolism unit and in the division of molecular pharmacology at the National Institute of Medical Research. The department of social medicine at Edinburgh University is engaged on a project on the incidence and family distribution of the disease. My Department is also supporting from its own research funds a project in the NHS on various aspects of the disease.