Science scheme to beat diseases in ten-year plan

Science scheme to beat diseases in ten-year plan
Science scheme to beat diseases in ten-year plan
Science scheme to beat diseases: Ten-year plan will prioritise tackling cancer, dementia and obesity Ten-year plan for life sciences aims to follow the successful Vaccines Taskforce Plan will aim to cut red tape and recruit the private sector to speed up studies Follows launch of Life Sciences Investment Programme with £200m Gov funds

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Tackling cancer, dementia and obesity are priorities in the Government's major science plan for the next decade.

The ten-year plan for life sciences aims to follow the successful Vaccines Taskforce by cutting red tape and recruiting the private sector.

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After many cancer symptoms went unreported during lockdowns, the UK Life Sciences Vision is set to focus on tests for early diagnosis.

Following a breakthrough for dementia, when the first new drug for Alzheimer's in nearly 20 years won approval in the US, the plan will help speed up studies to find other treatments.

Tackling cancer, dementia and obesity are priorities in the Government's major science plan for the next decade (stock image)

Tackling cancer, dementia and obesity are priorities in the Government's major science plan for the next decade (stock image)

It follows the launch of the Life Sciences Investment Programme, with £200million of Government money, which brings the funding for selected life sciences companies to £1billion.

It will also tackle obesity, a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, which has become a personal focus for Prime Minister Boris Johnson – who admitted he was 'way overweight' when he was hospitalised with Covid last year. 

Scientists will also be supported to develop more tools to tackle mental illness, and look at 'the underlying biology of ageing'.

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