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Decade of translational research funding led to private-sector investment and new therapies

Thu, 2019-09-12 02:01

A new report has found that MRC funding schemes for translational research have boosted the UK’s life sciences industry since they were introduced in 2008. Over £530 million of new translational research funding since 2008 has led to MRC-linked spin-outs securing £1.1 billion in private sector investment and delivering health benefits, such as new gene therapies and medical devices.

World-leading Genomics project to give insights into health and diseases

Wed, 2019-09-11 12:49

In a major advance for public health and the UK’s global leadership in genomics, a £200m public-private collaboration will support the complete sequencing of the genetic code of all 500,000 participants in the UK Biobank health research resource.

MRC UK Brain Banks Network enhances human tissue database

Thu, 2019-09-05 02:00

The UK Brain Banks Network (UKBBN), an initiative led by UKRI’s Medical Research Council, has enhanced its human brain tissue database, a web-based interface that enables researchers to access details of tissue samples from across the network. The database now includes searchable genomic data which allows tissue samples to be selected on the basis of genetic risk, as well as clinical and pathological findings.

Genetic regions associated with left-handedness identified and linked with brain architecture in language regions

Thu, 2019-09-05 02:00

A new study has for the first time identified regions of the genome associated with left-handedness in the general population and linked their effects with brain architecture. The study, led by researchers funded by the MRC and Wellcome, linked these genetic differences with the connections between areas of the brain related to language.

MSD backs MSD and Francis Crick Institute collaboration to tackle motor neurone disease

Wed, 2019-08-21 12:46

Scientists at global biopharmaceutical company MSD and the Francis Crick Institute have started a unique new collaboration to understand the causes of motor neurone disease and identify potential targets for future treatments, co-funded by the Medical Research Council and MSD.

New chair for the MRC Neurosciences and Mental Health Board

Tue, 2019-08-20 18:20

On 1 September, leading neurologist Professor Paul Matthews will start his tenure as the new Chair of the Neurosciences and Mental Health Board.

2019 Max Perutz Science Writing Award shortlist announced

Mon, 2019-08-19 13:00

Twelve outstanding articles have been shortlisted for this year's Max Perutz Science Writing Award, the MRC's annual writing competition

UK joins forces with international experts to tackle global challenges

Fri, 2019-08-09 16:59

UK researchers and innovators will work with counterparts across the planet to tackle global challenges such as Ebola outbreaks, the impact of subpolar ocean currents on global climate, and the effect of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on society and individuals’ happiness and wellbeing following a major funding announcement.

Superbug MRSA susceptible to existing antibiotics

Mon, 2019-06-24 18:45

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has become a serious problem, forcing doctors to turn to antibiotics other than penicillin or penicillin derivatives, or to different drug cocktails, which are often less effective in treating hospital and community based infections.

EMBO recognises outstanding MRC researchers

Tue, 2019-06-11 13:05

MRC-supported researchers are among the 56 scientists elected as new EMBO Members.

UKRI delivery plan published

Mon, 2019-06-10 19:06

Ambitious delivery plans published today outline how UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), which includes MRC, will work with its partners to ensure that world-leading research and innovation continues to flourish in the UK. 

Queen's Birthday Honours 2019

Mon, 2019-06-10 15:26

Congratulations to the people closely connected with the MRC who have been recognised in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Pilot scheme launched to help MRC fellows secure leadership positions

Wed, 2019-06-05 12:12

The MRC has launched a new pilot funding scheme today aiming to support researchers through difficult transition periods in their careers.