Latest UK News

Subscribe to Latest UK News feed
Updated: 13 min 45 sec ago

New study finds evidence for reduced brain connections in schizophrenia

Tue, 2020-01-14 13:00

Advances in scanning have allowed researchers for the first time to show lower levels of a protein found in the connections between neurons in the living brains of people with schizophrenia.

Professor Vincenzo Cerundolo FRS 1959-2020

Wed, 2020-01-08 03:00

It is with great sadness that we learnt of the death of Professor Vincenzo Cerundolo FRS, Director of the MRC Human Immunology Unit at the University of Oxford.

Slashing energy could make Nobel prize-winning cryoEM microscopes affordable for many labs worldwide

Thu, 2020-01-02 14:17

Electron cryomicroscopy (cryoEM) – which won the 2017 Nobel prize – could be made far cheaper by reducing the energy of the microscope and creating better detectors for imaging low energy electrons, according to a proof-of-principle demonstration by scientists at the MRC LMB.

UK and South Korea collaboration tackles severe asthma

Thu, 2020-01-02 03:00

In a landmark collaboration, the MRC, the Korean Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) and the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) have joined forces to fund a major new precision medicine consortium focused on tackling severe asthma.

Cold infections may be less frequent in people with the flu

Tue, 2019-12-17 03:00

People were less likely to catch either influenza or a common cold-causing rhinovirus if they were already infected with the other virus, a new study by scientists from the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research has found.

MRC, NIHR and ESRC join forces to launch an ambitious multidisciplinary initiative in Multimorbidity

Tue, 2019-12-17 03:00

Applications are sought to build a national portfolio of interdisciplinary Multimorbidity Research Collaboratives as part of “Tackling Multimorbidity at Scale” - a £20 million Strategic Priorities Fund initiative, jointly funded by the MRC and the DHSC, through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), and in close collaboration with ESRC.

MRC-AMED Infectious Disease Research Collaboration: Announcement of Collaborative Awards

Fri, 2019-12-13 03:00

The Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) and the UK MRC have undertaken a jointly funded initiative in order to foster collaborative links between infectious disease researchers in the UK and Japan.

Scientists developing diagnostic test which aims to detect antibiotic resistance in less than 45 minutes

Tue, 2019-10-29 03:00

Scientists are developing a low cost, rapid diagnostic sensor test which aims to show the susceptibility of bacteria to antibiotics within 45 minutes. NHS laboratory testing of samples can take up to two days and the new test aims to allow doctors to be able to prescribe the correct antibiotic to a patient for an infection more quickly.

Promising therapy for common form of eczema identified in early-stage trial

Thu, 2019-10-24 02:00

A therapy that targets the immune system showed promise for treating atopic dermatitis – the most common form of eczema – in a small proof-of-concept trial, led by scientists from the MRC Human Immunology Unit at the University of Oxford.

MRC and NIHR join forces to support GACD projects

Thu, 2019-10-24 02:00

MRC and NIHR have joined forces to invest over £6m in five implementation science projects focused on tackling diabetes and hypertension in low- and middle-income countries, under the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases.

Max P Science Writing Award 2019 - Winner announced

Wed, 2019-10-16 13:00

MRC-funded PhD student Akira Wiberg, of the University of Oxford, scooped the main prize of this year's Max Perutz Science Writing Award. At the awards ceremony on 15 October, Akira received the first prize of £1,500 for his article: "Getting on your nerves.

New MRC brand launched as part of unified UKRI identity

Thu, 2019-10-10 02:00

A new brand for the Medical Research Council (MRC) has been launched today as part of a unified identity for UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

Cell therapy safe to use in liver patients, clinical trial suggests

Tue, 2019-10-08 11:44

Liver disease patients could one day benefit from a new cell therapy that has just completed its first clinical safety trial, led by researchers at the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh.

Nobel prize jointly awarded to UK scientist Sir Peter Ratcliffe

Mon, 2019-10-07 13:00

Sir Peter Ratcliffe was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2019 today, jointly with William Kaelin Jr and Gregg Semenza.

£35m boost to adolescent mental health research

Mon, 2019-10-07 11:44

A major mental health research programme, led by the MRC, has been announced today, to explore what makes teenagers more or less likely to develop mental health problems and how we might intervene early.