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Government open to increasing funding for brain tumour research

The government is willing to spend more on brain tumour research but a shortage of proposals deemed worth funding poses a challenge to the field, a parliamentary committee has heard.

Only two of the 20 applications to study brain tumours submitted to the National Institute for Health Research since April 2018 were awarded funding, health secretary Matt Hancock told the House of Commons Petitions Committee on 15 January.

In the financial year 2016-17 the NIHR received 10 applications, none of which were successful, Hancock said. Two years ago, researchers submitted 18 bids, of which only five were selected for funding.

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