David Willetts MP Announces £48 Million in Health Research Funding
On Monday, David Willetts MP announced £48 million of investment into health research projects in a speech at Bournemouth University. Willetts, the Minister of State for Universities and Science, has pledged funding to a number of projects, including Alzheimer’s and cancer, through the Biomedical Catalyst Scheme.
The cancer project will investigate the possible use of ultrasound to force cancer treating drugs deeper into tumours, hopefully making them more potent. We hope that the projects produce fantastic results but are concerned that research into brain tumours could potentially be overlooked by the Government and the Medical Research Council, who run the Biomedical Catalyst Scheme.
With an increasing number of deaths in the last decade, peaking at 3,443 people in 2012, and a research community in the UK that only receives £4.9 million from NCRI members, brain tumours are in desperate need of more funding. When added to this you consider the fact that due to the ‘blood-brain barrier’ more general cancer research is often incompatible with finding potential brain tumour cures, the case for added investment in brain tumours becomes even more compelling.
We need your help to let Mr Willetts and the rest of Government know that research funding into cancer needs to change. Sign our e-petition today and share it with your friends and family. Together we can save lives!
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