PROF'S FEARS FOR RESEARCH; Conference in City Hotel
Byline: LIZ HULL
A LIVERPOOL professor has claimed patients in Britain could suffer because of a fall in funding for medical research.
Chris Foster, professor of pathology at Liverpool university, was speaking at the launch of an international conference on prostate cancer and other prostate diseases.
He said the UK was in danger of falling behind the rest of the world in pioneering medical advancements because of a spiralling decline in funding for academic and biomedical research.
Experts claim a shift in public opinion against research following the Alder Hey organ and Bristol heart scandals is to blame for a fall in funding.
They also say that because doctors were forced to suspend taking tissue samples and to update the cancer registry during the scandals their research work has been set back more than 20 years.
Prof Foster said: ``In the UK at present, funding for academia and research, not just for prostate cancer, is dwindling and diminishing compared to that of our colleagues abroad. …