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    Val Kay

    Thanks Melissa, that is really interesting. I just had a look at AAMRI website out of interest, and checked out some of the links of members to private industry funding. There is a whole network of links between private industry, including private health insurance, pharmaceutical companies, confectionary and fast food manufacturers, gambling and more.

    One example of a ‘very interesting’ partnership is between BakerIDI Heart and Diabetes Institute and Mars (yes, the makers of Mars bars and Snickers).

    Many of the research institutes also have links with companies that are set up to commercialise research findings. And of course most of the research focuses on treatment of disease, new procedures and pharmaceuticals etc. There’s very little about prevention, let alone health promotion.

    It looks like what the government is really saying is ‘we support medical research – as long as someone somewhere is going to make a profit from it’.

    Thank you and please keep up the good work

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    Nora T Medicine

    “We have learned well how to treat cancer in mice and rats but we still can’t cure people.” Professor Colin Garner, quoted in Accelerator MS Is a Powerful New Tool, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, Vol. 27, No. 15, 2007
    Much of this money will fund animal ‘research’. Basing human medicine on animals has historically been a disaster for humans and will not provide cures to humans in the future. In other words the money, taken from pensioners, the disabled etc will be wasted.
    “The history of cancer research has been a history of curing cancer in the mouse. We have cured mice of cancer for decades, and it simply didn’t work in humans.” Dr Richard Klausner, Director, National Cancer Institute, LA Times, May 6, 1998
    “Safety of drugs in animals can never guarantee the same for humans.” Khan & Rodrigues, rapid response to Goodyear, Learning from the TGN1412 trial, British Medical Journal, 332: 677-678, 2006
    Please direct this funding to species specific research such as micro dosing, epidemiology, micro fluidics etc. How many more have to die of age old diseases until we learn?

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