The Department funds national health service research and development through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The Institute's health technology assessment programme is currently funding a project assessing deferasirox for the treatment of iron overload associated with regular blood transfusions in patients suffering with chronic anaemia; and the NIHR clinical research network is supporting a number of studies concerned with anaemia. Details of the latter can be found on the UK Clinical Research Network portfolio database at:
The Medical Research Council (MRC) is one of the main agencies through which the Government support medical and clinical research. The MRC is an independent body that receives its grant-in-aid from the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.
The MRC is not currently funding any research on pernicious anaemia. However, the MRC does fund a wider portfolio of basic haematology research which may benefit the condition.