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Myasthenia Gravis: Research

Volume 508: debated on Monday 29 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much Government funding has been allocated to research into myasthenia gravis in each year since 1997. (323762)

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 Business, Innovation and Skills.

MRC expenditure in recent years on research of relevance to myasthenia has been as follows:

£000

2003-04

89

2004-05

206

2005-06

238

2006-07

240

2007-08

214

2008-09

323

There were no live MRC projects in 2001-02 and 2002-03.

Allocations made from the Department’s research and development budget have over the last 10 years been used by some research active national health service organisations to support research into myasthenia gravis. Information about the cost of that support is not held centrally. Details of the individual projects undertaken from 2000 to 2007 are available on the archived national research register at:

https://portal.nihr.ac.uk/Pages/NRRArchiveSearch.aspx