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New Incontinence Research Funding to Benefit Millions

New Incontinence Research Funding to Benefit Millions

Research into Ageing and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) fund new research into incontinence, a condition which affects around three million people in the UK.

The collaboration has so far seen four research projects receive funding into a wide range of studies, from practical modifications to catheters, to projects addressing the basic biology of the bladder and bowel.

According to the Department of Health, incontinence is second only to dementia as the reason why older people enter residential care. Many people can effectively become house bound which can lead to social isolation and depression. Yet due to the nature of the condition and the 'taboo' surrounding it, it receives very little awareness and subsequently funding for research into possible preventions and cures.

The unique collaboration between the older people's charity and the Government research council aims to both raise awareness about the condition as well as providing funding for key medical research.

Professor James Goodwin of Research into Ageing, the medical research arm of Age Concern and Help the Aged, commented: "Despite affecting millions of older people, public awareness about incontinence is minimal. Equally, in research quarters, it is often overlooked in favour of more 'fashionable' illnesses. The collaboration between Research into Ageing and the BBSRC is therefore an important step in the right direction as it will fund some really exciting research projects, but perhaps more importantly also raise awareness about incontinence, which can so severely affect a person's quality of life."

Commenting on the new funding, Professor Douglas Kell, BBSRC Chief Executive said: "It is well documented that our population is ageing, but little is known about why some people enjoy a healthy old age, while others suffer terribly and this is where fundamental bioscience plays an important role in providing some answers.

Incontinence is an embarrassing and debilitating condition, we hope that our collaboration with Age Concern and Help the Aged will result in scientists gaining a better understanding of the biological causes of incontinence and thus pave the way for effective solutions."; Source: Help the Aged

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