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Dementia: Research

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the answer of 29 October 2008, Official Report, column 1057W, on dementia: research, how much of the intended £30 million Medical Research Council (MRC) and Wellcome Trust funding into neurodegenerative diseases is to be funded by (a) the MRC and the Wellcome Trust and (b) by medical research charities; how much is to be spent in each year of the research programme; and how much is to be spent on research into each form of neurodegenerative disease. (234666)

Of the £30 million to be made available for research into this neurodegenerative disease initiative, the Medical Research Council (one of the main agencies through which the Government support medical and clinical research) will provide £10 million and the Wellcome Trust (the UK's largest medical research charity) £20 million. Awards will be made jointly.

The type of proposals that are submitted will determine whether other medical research charities contribute and, if so, how much they will contribute.

The amounts to be spent in each year and the amounts to be spent on each form of neurodegenerative disease will depend on the proposals submitted. Research proposals in all areas of neurodegenerative disease will compete for the funding available. Awards will be made according to their scientific quality and importance to human health.