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Macular Degeneration: Smoking

Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will commission research on the relationship between smoking and the long-term incidence of age-related macular degeneration; if he will consider as part of the research the work that has been carried out by (a) Jennifer S. Tan and others for the Centre for Vision Research, University of Sydney and the Department of Ophthalmology, Westmead Hospital, New South Wales and (b) U. Chakravarthy and others; and if he will make a statement. (193521)

Research proposals in all areas compete for the funding available. The usual practice of the Department’s National Institute for Health Research and of the Medical Research Council is not to ring-fence funds for expenditure on particular topics. Both organisations welcome applications for support for research on any aspect of human health and these are subject to peer review and judged in open competition, with awards being made on the basis of the scientific quality of the proposals made.