Motor Neurone Disease: Research

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 21 November 2023.

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Photo of Damien Moore Damien Moore Conservative, Southport

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support his Department provides for research into motor neurone disease.

Photo of Andrew Stephenson Andrew Stephenson Assistant Whip, Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Government responsibility for delivering motor neurone disease (MND) research is shared between the Department of Health and Social Care, with research delivered by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), and the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology, with research delivered via UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

The Government has committed to make at least £50 million available for MND research over the next five years, ending in March 2027. Around three-quarters of the £50 million pledged funding (£36.9 million) has now been allocated to cutting edge researchers by DHSC and DSIT, less than two years since the announcement. For the remainder of the £50 million, we continue to support researchers to apply for funding via the Medical Research Council and NIHR MND highlight notice.

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