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Advanced Pain Discovery Platform (APDP) Introductory Webinar

Wed, 2020-06-03 18:00

The core focus of the webinar will be to provide an introduction to the APDP initiative and our newly appointed Director, Professor David Walsh. Participants will receive an overview of the Advanced Pain Discovery Platform (APDP) initiative, including its scientific scope, eligibility requirements, and the application process.


Did life emerge in the 'primordial soup' via DNA or RNA? Maybe both

Wed, 2020-06-03 02:00

Scientists have long debated which genetic information carrier – DNA or RNA – started life on Earth, but a new study suggests life could have begun with a bit of both.

SPF Advanced Pain Discovery Platform Director Announcement

Fri, 2020-05-29 02:00

The Medical Research Council and Versus Arthritis and other Partners are pleased to announce the appointment of Professor David Walsh as Director for the UKRI Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF) Programme, Advanced Pain Discovery Platform (APDP).

Calling all MRC PhD students!

Wed, 2020-05-20 02:00

The MRC in partnership with The Observer are proud to announce that the Max Perutz Science Writing Award 2020 is now open.

MRC scientists elected Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences

Wed, 2020-05-13 02:00

MRC-supported scientists are among the distinguished medical researchers elected as Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

COVID-19 drugs trial rolled out across UK homes and communities

Tue, 2020-05-12 02:00

A UK trial – testing whether low-risk treatment in the community can help people at higher risk of complications from COVID-19 to get better quicker, reducing the need for hospital admission – is today announcing that older people who have had coronavirus symptoms for 15 days or less can now also screen for the trial online.

New call for research on the risk factors, transmission and prevalence of coronavirus

Thu, 2020-05-07 02:00

A new call for research proposals on the risk factors, transmission and prevalence of the COVID-19 virus SARS-CoV-2, has been launch by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

LifeArc and MRC partnership to create new £16m fund to establish Gene Therapy Innovation Hubs

Mon, 2020-05-04 02:00

A network of Gene Therapy Innovation Hubs providing access to clinical grade viral vector and translational support for early phase academic-led gene therapy clinical trials.

Preliminary results of Covid-19 drug treatment trial found to improve recovery

Thu, 2020-04-30 10:42

An international clinical trial, co-led by UKRI’s Medical Research Council and UCL, which is testing the effectiveness of the drug remdesivir on patients hospitalised with Covid-19, has shown “very promising” preliminary results.

Study of more than 16,700 COVID-19 patients identifies characteristics of severe disease

Thu, 2020-04-30 02:00

To answer many urgent questions about the characteristics of people who are most severely affected by the virus and what happens to them in hospital, a study – called ‘ISARIC4C’ – has analysed data obtained from 16,749 COVID-19 hospital patients in the UK.

MRC scientists elected Fellows of the Royal Society

Wed, 2020-04-29 02:00

MRC-supported researchers are among the eminent scientists announced today, elected as Fellows of the Royal Society.

Patterns of common coronavirus infections could aid understanding of COVID-19

Mon, 2020-04-27 02:00

Coronavirus infections are a common cause of mild colds, infecting thousands of people every year in the UK. They mostly circulate in the winter in temperate regions where they are often referred to as ‘seasonal coronaviruses’.

COVID-19 vaccine begins human trial stage

Fri, 2020-04-24 02:00

Researchers at the University of Oxford have begun testing a COVID-19 vaccine in human volunteers this week. The phase I trial was funded by UKRI and NIHR as part of the rapid research response.

NIHR and UKRI launch call for research on COVID-19 and ethnicity

Wed, 2020-04-22 02:00

The NIHR and UKRI are jointly calling for research proposals to investigate emerging evidence of an association between ethnicity and COVID-19 incidence and adverse health outcomes.

COVID-19 therapy, vaccine, epidemiology and policy development research boosted by twenty-one new projects

Fri, 2020-04-17 17:17

Twenty-one new studies into the novel coronavirus have been funded by the UK government, including the first clinical drug trial in primary care, vaccine and therapy development, and studying epidemiology, disease transmission, behavioral interventions and policy approaches to COVID-19.   

Research and Innovation ideas to address COVID-19

Fri, 2020-04-03 02:00

MRC is funding new research projects as part of the UK Research and Innovation response to the current COVID-19 pandemic through the DHSC/UKRI COVID-19 Rapid Response Initiative.

Expressions of interest invited for virtual workshop on mouse genetics

Fri, 2020-04-03 02:00

Given the current requirements for social distancing as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are now exploring a virtual meeting / webinar on this date.

MRC Molecular Haematology Unit appoints new Director

Wed, 2020-04-01 02:00

The MRC is pleased to announce that Professor KJ Patel has been appointed as the new Director of the MRC Molecular Haematology Unit and the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine at the University of Oxford.

COVID-19 vaccine & therapy research boosted by six new projects in rapid response

Mon, 2020-03-23 03:00

Six new studies into the novel coronavirus have been funded by the UK government, including testing a vaccine, developing therapies and improving understanding of how to treat COVID-19. 

UK launches whole genome sequence alliance to map spread of coronavirus

Mon, 2020-03-23 03:00

The Government and the UK’s Chief Scientific Adviser have today, Monday 23 March, backed the UK’s leading clinicians and scientists to map how COVID-19 spreads and behaves by using whole genome sequencing.