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Discovery of genetic variants could lead to new weight loss medicines

Thu, 2019-04-18 18:00

Around four million people in the UK carry genetic variants that protect them from obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease, according to a new paper co-authored by MRC researchers.

New MRC Health Innovation Champion appointed

Fri, 2019-04-12 16:48

Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak has been appointed as MRC Health Innovation Champion.

New approach to tackle Ebola and other deadly infections

Tue, 2019-04-02 09:53

MRC scientists have isolated therapeutic antibodies from healthy volunteers exposed to the Ebola vaccine but not Ebola virus itself, suggesting that protective therapies could be developed from people who are disease-free.

Report reveals legacy of public health research centres

Fri, 2019-03-22 17:31

By building capacity and capability in public health research, a report shows how the legacy of a UK-wide network of centres of excellence has helped fuel future public health and prevention research.

Latest Biomedical Catalyst investments will transform patient outcomes

Fri, 2019-03-22 12:54

Cutting edge projects have received £23 million of government funding under the Biomedical Catalyst, it was announced today. The MRC invested nearly £13.5 million in a number of innovative projects.

MRC scientists discover unique tau filament structures in head-injury associated dementia

Wed, 2019-03-20 18:04

MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology researchers reveal atomic structures of the abnormal tau filaments associated with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a head injury-associated neurodegenerative disease, differ in structure from those seen in Alzheimer’s disease.

Nine-month treatment regimen for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis is as effective as 20-months

Wed, 2019-03-13 13:54

A nine to 11-month treatment regimen is as effective in treating multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) as the 20 to 24-month regimen recommended in 2011 WHO guidelines, according to new research conducted by a team of researchers, including MRC scientists.

New genetic data on 50,000 UK Biobank participants made available

Mon, 2019-03-11 12:00

A vast tranche of new UK Biobank genetic data becomes available to health researchers today, offering an unprecedented resource to enhance understanding of human biology and aid in therapeutic discovery.

MRC-funded study suggests deep brain stimulation could help OCD symptoms

Sat, 2019-03-09 12:00

The debilitating behaviours and all-consuming thoughts, which affect people with severe obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), could be significantly improved with targeted deep brain stimulation, according to the findings of an MRC-funded study.

High blood pressure, diabetes and obesity each linked to unhealthy brains

Fri, 2019-03-08 15:52

Factors that influence the health of our blood vessels, such as smoking, high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes are linked to less healthy brains, according to new research part-funded by the MRC.

Prospective drug found by testing in human heart muscle grown from stem cells

Thu, 2019-03-07 19:00

Scientists have found a potential new drug for treating the heart damage caused by a heart attack by targeting the way the heart reacts to stress, according to new research which used stem cells to grow heart tissue and mimic a heart attack in a dish.

HIV remission achieved in second patient

Tue, 2019-03-05 13:00

A second person has experienced sustained remission from HIV-1 after ceasing treatment, according to new research part-funded by the MRC.

Blood test could give two-month warning of kidney transplant rejection

Thu, 2019-02-28 16:20

New research has found a novel way to predict rejection of a kidney transplant before it happens by monitoring the immune system of transplant patients.

Professor Patrick Chinnery appointed as MRC Clinical Director

Tue, 2019-02-26 14:18

Professor Patrick Chinnery has been appointed as MRC Clinical Director. He joins the senior management team and will play a key role in developing, promoting and implementing MRC research programmes, working with national and international partners.

New clues as to why non-smokers, as well as smokers, develop COPD

Mon, 2019-02-25 17:29

Researchers reveal findings that explain why some people who have never smoked develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Distorted, stretched DNA may increase risk of off-target changes with CRISPR-Cas9

Mon, 2019-02-25 15:23

Distortions to DNA, which occur routinely during gene expression and other cellular processes, could lead to off-target changes to the genome when using CRISPR-Cas9, a new study suggests.

MRC-funded research reveals extent of trauma and PTSD in young people

Fri, 2019-02-22 02:30

MRC-funded research from King’s College London suggests one in 13 young people in the UK have had post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) before reaching age 18.

UKRI 'One Health' AMR research priorities showcased in Parliament today

Wed, 2019-02-13 14:00

Parliamentarians, researchers, policy makers, industry figures and funders discussed research progress against AMR, outstanding research priorities and what is needed to enable research to deliver a step-change in tackling AMR.

Blood test could improve early detection of lung cancer

Tue, 2019-02-12 17:00

New research led by scientists at the MRC Toxicology Unit suggests that by analysing levels of DNA in the blood, the early detection of lung cancer could be improved.

Researchers develop technique to analyse cancer cells' life history

Mon, 2019-02-11 14:49

A team of researchers from the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine at Oxford University has developed a technique that allows scientists to reliably track genetic errors in individual cancer cells, and find out how these might lead to uncontrollable growth.