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£1m giveaway to medical research projects to mark 25th anniversary of MSF – Freemasonry Today

£1m giveaway to medical research projects to mark 25th anniversary of MSF – Freemasonry Today

The silver shortlist To mark the 25th anniversary of the (MSF), the trustees are making available £1 million in support of medical and care research projects  The MSF is planning to award grants of up to £100,000 in 10 regions across England and Wales. Its originally received 62 grant applications, seeking nearly £9 million in support. However, with only £1 million available through the fund, the charity will need to make some difficult decisions.

Since 2011, the MSF has supported research projects that aim to improve the prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment and care available for illnesses and disabilities that affect masonic families and the wider community. Nearly £2 million has been awarded to large and small research organisations such as , and the A-T Society. Several research projects funded by the MSF have achieved significant success in their field.

A £181,000 grant awarded to has helped to develop a new blood test that, it is hoped, will predict whether someone with early memory problems will develop Alzheimer’s within a year.

Two grants totalling £75,000 awarded to (the Restoration of Appearance and Function Trust) have helped to develop a working prototype of a bionic arm fit for human trials, in a bid to compensate for the loss of a limb.

A grant of £34,000, presented to , has helped Dr Hayley Whitaker and her team to identify that the presence of a specific protein can distinguish prostate cancers that are aggressive from those that may never seriously harm the patient.