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Supranuclear Palsy

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department (a) has commissioned, (b) plans to commission and (c) has evaluated (i) UK-based and (ii) international research into causes of progressive supranuclear palsy; and if he will make a statement. (319760)

The Department's policy research programme is funding a £2 million long-term neurological conditions research initiative. The initiative is investigating the care needs and experiences of those living with neurological conditions. It includes a study focusing on the needs of people suffering from progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP).

The Medical Research Council is similarly funding a number of projects specifically concerned with PSP; and supports a broad portfolio of research relating to neurodegenerative disorders that includes two major projects that, whilst addressing the wider topic, specifically mention they are of relevance to PSP.