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Down's Syndrome: Research

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department’s plans are for commissioning new research into the causes of Down’s syndrome. (253096)

I have been asked to reply.

The Medical Research Council (MRC) is one of the main agencies though which the Government support medical and clinical research. The MRC is an independent body funded by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.

The MRC is currently funding one research project relating to Down’s syndrome. The MRC does not, as a rule, earmark funds for particular topics: research proposals in all areas compete for the funding available. The MRC always welcomes high quality applications for support into any aspect of human health and these are judged in open competition with other demands on funding. Awards are made according to their scientific quality and importance to human health.