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MRC launch Experimental Medicine Panel

Wed, 2020-07-29 12:30

MRC is pleased to announce a new Experimental Medicine Panel, which will meet regularly to enhance the MRC’s current translational offering.

UKRI COVID-19 and ethnicity research

Wed, 2020-07-29 09:00

Understanding the reasons for vulnerability to COVID-19 and the differential social, cultural and economic impacts of the pandemic on minority ethnic groups. 

Multimillion investment in six new research projects to investigate COVID-19 and ethnicity

Wed, 2020-07-29 02:00

Six new projects to improve our understanding of the links between COVID-19 and ethnicity have been funded by UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) Medical Research Council (MRC) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

£3 million awarded to help tackle air pollution

Wed, 2020-07-22 02:00

UK Research and Innovation has awarded £3 million to support six research networks that will investigate solutions to air pollution.

Oxford trial funded by UKRI offers new hope for a COVID vaccine

Mon, 2020-07-20 18:32

Early stage human trials of a COVID-19 vaccine have found it produces strong immune response and shows no early safety concerns, according to results published today in The Lancet

World-leading study into long-term health impacts of COVID-19 launched by UKRI and NIHR

Sun, 2020-07-05 02:00

Today, UKRI and NIHR are announcing £8.4 million funding for one of the world’s largest studies into the long-term physical and mental health impacts of coronavirus on hospitalised patients. 

MRC Response to Covid-19

Fri, 2020-07-03 02:00

The UKRI Coronavirus Hub gives you the latest information on the vital work of UKRI and our community in response to the crisis, what grants and awards we have made, and our continuing call to fund your ideas to limit the outbreak and protect life.

Preliminary trial results find antiviral drug lopinavir/ritonavir does not reduce death in hospitalised patients with COVID-19

Tue, 2020-06-30 02:00

The ‘RECOVERY’ trial has released preliminary results showing lopinavir/ritonavir, an antiviral drug commonly used to treat HIV, had no significant mortality benefit in hospitalised COVID-19 patients.

New £1.3 million national research programme to evaluate coronavirus tests in hospitals, GP surgeries and care homes

Wed, 2020-06-24 02:00

Testing for coronavirus infection could become quicker, more convenient and more accurate, following the launch of a multicentre national programme of research that will evaluate how new diagnostic tests perform in hospitals, general practices and care homes.


The largest genetic study into myalgic encephalomyelitis in the UK

Tue, 2020-06-23 10:54

A new study has been funded to analyse samples from 20,000 people with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), also diagnosed as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS, or ME/CFS), to search for genetic differences that may indicate underlying causes or increase the risk of developing the condition.

First volunteer receives new COVID-19 vaccine today

Tue, 2020-06-23 02:00

The first healthy volunteer has now received a new coronavirus vaccine developed by researchers led by Professor Robin Shattock at Imperial College London. The phase I trials were funded by UKRI as part of the UKRI/DHSC/NIHR COVID-19 rapid research response.

Preliminary trial results find dexamethasone reduces death in hospitalised patients with severe respiratory complications of COVID-19

Tue, 2020-06-16 02:00

The ‘RECOVERY’ trial has released preliminary results showing low-cost dexamethasone reduces death by up to one third in hospitalised patients with severe respiratory complications of COVID-19.

UKRI and NIHR move to new phase of COVID-19 research funding

Mon, 2020-06-15 02:00

To meet the needs of this new environment, the NIHR/UKRI rolling call will close to new applications on 30 June 2020. The NIHR has launched a new ‘Recovery and Learning’ call to better understand and manage the health and social care consequences of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

UK Research and Innovation seeks further council members

Thu, 2020-06-11 02:00

Council members play a critical role in UKRI’s strategy development and governance, working with their Executive Chair to deliver their council's aims and objectives and to support UKRI's overall mission.

Preliminary results from RECOVERY trial on the use of hydroxychloroquine in hospitalised patients with COVID-19

Mon, 2020-06-08 02:00

The 'RECOVERY' trial has released preliminary results showing no effect on mortality from the use of hydroxychloroquine in patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19.

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.