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Survey of neurodegenerative disease research reveals funding up by a third since 2011

Tue, 2018-07-17 11:27

From today, funders and researchers can access a database containing survey information spanning three decades-worth of global neurodegenerative disease research funding.

Study identifies potential therapy for a common cause of dementia

Thu, 2018-07-05 16:10

A potential approach to treat a common cause of dementia and stroke in older people - cerebral small vessel disease - has been identified by early-stage research in rats. The study reversed changes in blood vessels in the brain associated with the condition.

Nobel prize winning technology reveals common herpes virus structure

Thu, 2018-07-05 14:05

For the first time, MRC researchers have been able to use the Nobel Prize winning technology, cryo-electron microscopy, to reveal the detailed structure of the common herpes virus.

Celebrating the NHS at 70

Thu, 2018-07-05 11:00

Today, the NHS celebrates its 70th birthday. Since its launch on 5 July 1948, the NHS has utilised advances in medical science to deliver a free healthcare service for all.

Funding boost for volunteer infection studies to help combat infectious diseases

Mon, 2018-07-02 11:00

Nine research teams are each receiving around £100,000 of seed-funding to help set up new volunteer infection studies.

£12 million in grants to tackle superbugs in a global context

Fri, 2018-06-22 10:00

Multimillion pound grants have been awarded to four UK universities to conduct research into AMR in low and middle income countries, as part of the cross-research council AMR initiative and the NIHR’s Global Health Research Programme.

£900 million Future Leaders investment will sustain the UK as global home of research talent

Thu, 2018-06-21 10:41

Business Secretary Greg Clark has unveiled a major new £900 million investment in the UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowship Scheme.

New grant application status to recognise research staff contributions

Wed, 2018-06-20 16:21

To support the development of researchers across different career stages, the MRC will introduce a new status to recognise the contributions of research staff as researcher co-investigators on grant applications from July 2018.

Combining different malaria vaccines could reduce cases by 91 percent

Tue, 2018-06-19 10:00

Using two experimental anti-malarial vaccines can greatly reduce the number of malaria infections in animal studies, according to a research team that includes MRC scientists.

Gene therapy restores paw function in rats with spinal cord injury

Thu, 2018-06-14 14:00

MRC-funded researchers at King’s College have shown that rats with spinal cord injuries can re-learn skilled front paw movements after being treated with a gene therapy. The therapy regenerated damaged tissue and could be switched on and off using a common antibiotic.

Queen's Birthday Honours 2018

Mon, 2018-06-11 17:42

Dr Richard Henderson, Molecular Biologist and Biophysicist at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology was made a Companion of Honour in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to electron microscopy of biological molecules.

Kidney cancers caught stealing genes from other cell types to spread

Thu, 2018-06-07 12:00

A study has identified how kidney cancers may develop the ability to spread around the body by hijacking genes from other cell types and ‘stealing’ their functions.

How aspirin may block bowel tumour formation

Tue, 2018-06-05 15:21

Researchers have shed light on how taking aspirin can help to prevent bowel cancer. They found that the painkiller blocks a key process linked to tumour formation.

Zinc finger proteins used in first gene-editing trial

Wed, 2018-05-30 11:13

MRC-funded research from Sir Aaron Klug’s lab at MRC LMB underpins a historic gene editing trial.

Health data: first UK snapshot review of research activity and key investments

Wed, 2018-05-23 14:00

Mapping the Landscape of UK Health Data Research and Innovation is a new landmark report which gives a snapshot of key activities and major investments in the complex and flourishing area of UK health data research.

UK Biobank data reveals new Alzheimer's risk gene

Fri, 2018-05-18 17:29

An international research team funded by the MRC, and led by scientists at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Queensland, has identified three new genes linked to the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Resistance to antifungal drugs could lead to disease and global food shortages

Fri, 2018-05-18 13:39

Growing levels of resistance to antifungal treatments could lead to increased disease outbreaks and affect food security around the world, according to new research funded by the MRC.

Focus on inequality at World Congress on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health

Fri, 2018-05-18 12:23

Population health experts met to share their progress on health inequality during an MRC-funded symposium at the first World Congress on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health in Edinburgh on 17 May.

MRC Festival of Medical Research 2018 programme launches

Thu, 2018-05-17 18:00

The third annual MRC Festival of Medical Research 2018 takes place from 14–24 June. It involves a wide range of free public activities showcasing MRC-funded research. The programme of MRC Festival activities launches.

How primordial life on Earth might have replicated itself

Tue, 2018-05-15 16:31

Scientists have created a new type of genetic replication which demonstrates how the first life on Earth, in the form of RNA, could have replicated itself. The scientists say it utilises a system of genetic replication unlike any known to naturally occur on Earth today.