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Varicose Vein Complaints (Research)

Volume 20: debated on Tuesday 16 March 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what research facilities are being financed directly or indirectly by his Department into the causes and treatment of varicose vein complaints; and if he will make a statement.

The Medical Research Council, which receives a grant-in-aid from the science budget of the Department, is not currently supporting any projects specifically concerned with the causes and treatment of varicose vein complaints. Much of the council's wide programme of basic research, particularly in the fields of connective tissue and muscle, the cardiovascular system and genetics. could, however, be relevant to this area. It is likely that, in addition, a certain amount of research into the causes and treatment of varicose veins is being carried out at universities and medical schools, using funds provided through the University Grants Committee as block grants for teaching and research.