Government Decides Funding for Research into Rare Conditions

NIHRAs per a new report, it has been revealed that the government in the UK has planned to fund the National Institute for Health Research so as to aid researchers in discovering and developing more therapies for rare diseases killing thousands of people across the nation.

It has been decided by the government that it would be funding a sum equivalent to 100 million pounds to the institute. The decision has been taken with an aim to support them in deeper studies meant for finding cure and cause for rare diseases.

Along with the same, another 22 million pounds fund has been planned to be contributed in the coming months for the support of a new children's mental health programme. The report has revealed that certain criteria were followed so as decide winning bids, which include strength of centres' partnerships with universities and industry and research quality and volume.

Funding would be allocated to 19 NHS sites on a whole, says the report, including the University Hospitals Birmingham Foundation Trust, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust, all of which are involved in the analysis of rare conditions like trauma, arthritis, nut allergies and cancer.

According to the findings, the allocation of money would largely help the centres in hiring more research nurses and technician, thereby allowing them to conduct more studies. It has been revealed that after the government’s announcement, a tour of an NHS research facility was given to Health Secretary Andrew Lansley.

"These researchers will push forward the boundaries of what is possible. These are the people and the facilities where the very best new treatments will be developed for a huge range of conditions", affirmed Mr. Lansley.