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Modafinil found to improve memory in people recovering from depression

Tue, 2017-01-17 14:47

A new study funded by the MRC and Wellcome, and published today in the journal Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, has found that the wakefulness-promoting drug modafinil improves memory functions in people recovering from depression.

Improving support for clinical academics

Fri, 2017-01-13 14:24

Academic training for research-active clinicians needs to be acknowledged, recognised and integrated with clinical training and work, says funders’ new report on principles and obligations outlining best practice.

Malaria infection depends on number of parasites, not number of mosquito bites

Thu, 2017-01-12 19:03

For the first time, researchers have shown that the number of parasites each mosquito carries influences the chance of successful malaria infection. The finding has implications for vaccine development and studies into how the disease spreads. 

New Year's Honours 2017

Tue, 2017-01-03 15:02

Congratulations to the MRC-associated people who have been recognised in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list.

The MRC supports preprints

Thu, 2016-12-22 15:04

The MRC requires that the results of the research it funds are published, ideally in peer-reviewed journals; also that all such articles, whether published in an open access or subscription-based journal, must be archived in Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC) and made freely available as soon as possible.

New MRC Deputy Chief Executive announced

Fri, 2016-12-16 17:25

Professor David Lomas has been appointed as the MRC’s new Deputy Chief Executive. He will take up a fixed term position on 1 January 2017 which will run to 31 March 2018.  

Research councils lay foundations for ambitious new global health research programmes

Thu, 2016-12-15 13:34

Research councils join forces to harness the UK’s world-class research expertise to improve the health and prosperity of billions of people in low and middle income countries

Director announced to lead UK Dementia Research Institute in London

Wed, 2016-12-14 17:09

The Director of the UK DRI has been named as Professor Bart De Strooper, from the University of Leuven, Belgium. Professor De Strooper will lead the national institute from UCL, to transform the UK’s research efforts to diagnose, treat, care for and prevent dementias.

New appointments to the Medical Research Council

Tue, 2016-12-13 14:10

Two new members have been appointed to the Council of the Medical Research Council (MRC) by the Minister for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson.

Stealth fungus that causes thrush 'hides' from immune system

Mon, 2016-12-12 15:10

Experts from the MRC Centre for Medical Mycology at the University of Aberdeen have discovered how the fungus which causes thrush tries to hide from our body’s defences. Candida albicans can be deadly when it takes advantage of the weakened immune systems of cancer or transplant patients.