The main agency through which the Government support medical and clinical research is the Medical Research Council (MRC). The MRC is an independent body funded by the Department of Trade and Industry via the Office of Science and Technology.
The Department funds research to support policy and to provide the evidence needed to underpin quality improvement and service development in the national health service.
Both the MRC and the Department are currently supporting skin research. Past expenditure on such research is shown in the table.
|MRC||Department's national research programmes (£000)|
Over 75 per cent. of the Department's total expenditure on health research is devolved to and managed by NHS organisations. Details of completed and ongoing projects, including a significant number concerned with dermatology, can be found on the national research register at www.dh.gov.uk/research.