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Record Funding Awarded to NHS and University Research Projects

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Some universities and hospitals are to benefit from a £800m record funding boost for medical research the Prime Minister has declared.

The money, will be spent throughout a five year period in hopes of improving diagnoses and treatments for patients with diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

The research will be managed by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and be carried out by collaborations between universities and NHS trusts.

The largest amount, £112m, will go to the Imperial College and Imperial NHS trust, for it’s work in genetics, cancer and bioengineering. Further monies will be awarded to hospitals which specialise in growing transparent eye tissue in their laboratory and software packages that can pinpoint early stage Alzheimer’s.

This payout is an additional £170m compared to the last payout the previous labour government made, and has been viewed as a win for chief medical officer Sally Davies. It also emphasises the importance of the pharmaceutical and life sciences industries in the UK.

Announcing the payments, prime Minister David Cameron declared, “A strong competitive science and research base is a crucial part of securing sustainable economic growth and creating jobs of the future,” before adding that the UK has, “some of the best scientists and facilities in the world.”

Andrew Lansley, Health Secretary, added that it will help in, “ developing exciting new science into tangible, effective treatments that can be used across the NHS.”

Professor of neuroscience at the University of Oxford, Colin Blakemore, said that it was good to see “the research budget of the NHS has been protected during the current period of financial constraint”.  His university will share £95m with the Radcliffe NHS trust.

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