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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-18216: Kezia Dugdale (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 15 August 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what collaborations it is supporting on a UK-wide basis into motor neuron disease research.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 24 August 2018

In April 2018 the Scottish Government announced that it would be providing half the funding for an almost £400,000 initiative at the Edinburgh hub of the UK-wide Dementia Research Institute to fund 2 postdoctoral scientists over 3 years. Their work will look at chemical compounds that have the potential to be developed into drugs to treat MND. These would then go through a process that could include clinical trials to test their safety and effectiveness.

We have also provided funding of £75,000 to partner with MND Scotland and the UK-wide charity the MND Association in supporting a Clinical Research Fellowship based at the Euan MacDonald centre for MND Research at the University of Edinburgh.

Through the Chief Scientist Office, the Scottish Government contributes around £10 million annually to allow Scottish-based researchers to apply for funding to the UK-wide research programmes from the National Institute for Health Research. These schemes are open to applications looking at the underlying causes, diagnosis and treatment of MND.