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Florida ends Alzheimer's research funding

30th March 2006

A change to the law in Florida could see Alzheimer's research programmes lose large amounts of funding, according to the Associated Press.

Members of the House in Florida voted in favour of a bill on Tuesday that will see $30 million a year given to specific Alzheimer's and cancer research programmes transferred to biomedical research.

Republican Adam Hasner said that the bill would not end funding for research in these areas, stressing that they would now have to compete with other research faculties for the payouts.

The annual funding, which is gleaned from taxes on alcohol, is currently divided between the Johnnie B Byrd Center for Alzheimer's Research at the University of South Florida and the James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program.

The Alzheimer's and cancer programmes will still receive their funding this year but from next will be competing with other medical research projects.