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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.

New EMBO members announced

Mon, 2018-05-14 18:17

MRC-supported researchers are among the 62 scientists elected as new EMBO Members.

Improving heart health could prevent frailty in old age

Mon, 2018-05-14 12:00

New research, funded by the MRC, found that older people with very low heart disease risks also have very little frailty, raising the possibility that frailty could be prevented.

MRC researchers join Fellowship of Academy of Medical Sciences

Thu, 2018-05-10 14:36

MRC-supported scientists are among the 48 distinguished medical researchers elected as Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

MRC scientists elected Fellows of the Royal Society

Wed, 2018-05-09 17:15

MRC-supported researchers are among the 60 eminent scientists elected as Fellows of the Royal Society.

Scientists develop new test to safely diagnose peanut allergies

Thu, 2018-05-03 11:46

MRC scientists have developed a new laboratory test to diagnose peanut allergy. The test has 98% specificity and, unlike current options, it doesn’t run the risk of false-positives or causing allergic reactions.

Calling all MRC-funded PhD students!

Wed, 2018-05-02 11:00

The MRC’s 2018 Max Perutz Science Writing Award is now open.

Mouse study identifies new target for human accelerated aging syndrome

Fri, 2018-04-27 16:52

Scientists have identified a potential therapeutic target in the devastating genetic disease Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome (HGPS), which is characterised by premature ageing, which leads to significant health and lifespan gains in a mouse model of HGPS.

New treatment may improve speech after stroke

Thu, 2018-04-19 11:31

A new treatment has been shown to significantly improve the speech and word production of stroke patients with aphasia. It uses special software which encourages patients to produce words increasingly quickly.

UKRI Superheroes vs Superbugs live at the Science Museum

Wed, 2018-04-18 17:00

Join us at the ‘UKRI Superhero Funfair’ on 25 April at London’s Science Museum, for fun, hands-on activities about why public-funding is vital for the fight against Superbugs

Diet and lifestyle of both parents play a key role in health of offspring

Tue, 2018-04-17 00:30

Parents’ diets and health can have profound implications for the growth, development, and long-term health of their children before their conception, according to a series of three papers published in The Lancet.

Technology networks awarded £3m to solve life science challenges

Mon, 2018-04-16 14:01

Five research networks, awarded £3m through a joint technology initiative, will harness new and emerging developments from the engineering and physical sciences to advance life sciences discovery research.   

Painkillers in pregnancy may affect baby's future fertility

Mon, 2018-04-16 02:05

Taking painkillers during pregnancy could affect the fertility of the unborn child in later life, research suggests.

More than 100g/week of alcohol linked to a shorter life expectancy

Fri, 2018-04-13 14:38

Recommended alcohol limits in many countries should be lowered to around 100g/week for men and women, according to an analysis of data from nearly 600,000 current drinkers in 19 countries, published today in The Lancet.

Diabetes-linked gene alters the development of fat cells

Tue, 2018-04-10 16:56

Scientists have identified a gene that in women is linked to the creation and location of new fat cells and therefore is thought to contribute to the risk of type 2 diabetes.