Fungal Diseases

House of Lords written question – answered on 4th February 2004.

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Photo of Lord Turnberg Lord Turnberg Labour

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the budget allocated to research into the causes and treatment of fungal diseases.

Photo of Lord Warner Lord Warner Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

The Department of Health has recently commissioned a £120,000 study into the relationship between antifungal drug use, salivary gland dysfunction and antifungal drug resistance in patients with advanced cancer. The department also supports fungal disease research carried out within the National Health Service. South Manchester University Hospital NHS Trust and Salford Royal Hospitals NHS Trust have an ongoing programme of research on invasive fungal diseases. The two trusts spent £227,000 on this programme in 2002–03. In addition, the department supports fungal disease research carried out by the Health Protection Agency.

The Medical Research Council has supported research on fungal diseases and is currently funding one grant.

The total value of grants and studentships awarded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council since 1997 for research into the causes and treatment of fungal diseases is approximately £3.5 million. This figure relates to animal and human fungal pathogens.

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