Looking to the future of UK research

This week the Academy of Medical Sciences launched a report, A new pathway for the regulation and governance of health research, commissioned early last year to look at the future of health research in the UK.

As part of the report, we were asked to give our opinion on how we thought research should develop in the future - and most of what we said was taken on board.

One of the key recommendations is for a lot of the Government's research 'quangos' to merge and form a single Health Research Agency. This will make it much easier to implement changes and get rid of the red tape that's currently slowing down medical research.

Another suggestion that will help to speed up clinical research is having each NHS Trust give details of the research that they are supporting, making it more accountable to the public.

If the Government decides to adopt this report, it would help make sure there are fewer barriers to carrying out clinical trials - and organisations such as ours will have a bigger say in how they develop. This will help us make real progress with our research strategy and move closer to our aim of a cure for Parkinson's.

The report emphasises the need for the public having a greater say in medical research. There are many ways in which you can get involved in Parkinson's research. And in 2011 we'll be developing our Research Support Network, which will give people even more opportunities to play their role in all parts of research.

As always, we'll keep you updated on how this is progressing.

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