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Scientists developing diagnostic test which aims to detect antibiotic resistance in less than 45 minutes
Scientists are developing a low cost, rapid diagnostic sensor test which aims to show the susceptibility of bacteria to antibiotics within 45 minutes. NHS laboratory testing of samples can take up to two days and the new test aims to allow doctors to be able to prescribe the correct antibiotic to a patient for an infection more quickly.
A therapy that targets the immune system showed promise for treating atopic dermatitis – the most common form of eczema – in a small proof-of-concept trial, led by scientists from the MRC Human Immunology Unit at the University of Oxford.
MRC and NIHR have joined forces to invest over £6m in five implementation science projects focused on tackling diabetes and hypertension in low- and middle-income countries, under the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases.
MRC-funded PhD student Akira Wiberg, of the University of Oxford, scooped the main prize of this year's Max Perutz Science Writing Award. At the awards ceremony on 15 October, Akira received the first prize of £1,500 for his article: "Getting on your nerves.
A new brand for the Medical Research Council (MRC) has been launched today as part of a unified identity for UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).
Liver disease patients could one day benefit from a new cell therapy that has just completed its first clinical safety trial, led by researchers at the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh.
Sir Peter Ratcliffe was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2019 today, jointly with William Kaelin Jr and Gregg Semenza.
A major mental health research programme, led by the MRC, has been announced today, to explore what makes teenagers more or less likely to develop mental health problems and how we might intervene early.
Professor Rory Duncan will take up the role of UKRI Director for Talent and Skills in November. Rory will be on secondment from Heriot-Watt University, where he is currently Senior Academic Lead for Strategy and Development and Co-Director of the Edinburgh super-resolution imaging consortium (ESRIC).
New bacterial strain discovered in England and Wales linked to scarlet fever, sore throat and sepsis
A team of scientists led by Imperial College London have discovered a new strain of group A streptococcus bacteria in 2016. Group A streptococcus (or Strep A) is known to cause scarlet fever, throat infections and – in very rare cases – invasive disease, where the bacterium enters the bloodstream or tissue and can trigger sepsis and toxic shock.
A new report has found that MRC funding schemes for translational research have boosted the UK’s life sciences industry since they were introduced in 2008. Over £530 million of new translational research funding since 2008 has led to MRC-linked spin-outs securing £1.1 billion in private sector investment and delivering health benefits, such as new gene therapies and medical devices.
In a major advance for public health and the UK’s global leadership in genomics, a £200m public-private collaboration will support the complete sequencing of the genetic code of all 500,000 participants in the UK Biobank health research resource.
The UK Brain Banks Network (UKBBN), an initiative led by UKRI’s Medical Research Council, has enhanced its human brain tissue database, a web-based interface that enables researchers to access details of tissue samples from across the network. The database now includes searchable genomic data which allows tissue samples to be selected on the basis of genetic risk, as well as clinical and pathological findings.
Genetic regions associated with left-handedness identified and linked with brain architecture in language regions
A new study has for the first time identified regions of the genome associated with left-handedness in the general population and linked their effects with brain architecture. The study, led by researchers funded by the MRC and Wellcome, linked these genetic differences with the connections between areas of the brain related to language.
Scientists at global biopharmaceutical company MSD and the Francis Crick Institute have started a unique new collaboration to understand the causes of motor neurone disease and identify potential targets for future treatments, co-funded by the Medical Research Council and MSD.
On 1 September, leading neurologist Professor Paul Matthews will start his tenure as the new Chair of the Neurosciences and Mental Health Board.
Twelve outstanding articles have been shortlisted for this year's Max Perutz Science Writing Award, the MRC's annual writing competition
UK researchers and innovators will work with counterparts across the planet to tackle global challenges such as Ebola outbreaks, the impact of subpolar ocean currents on global climate, and the effect of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on society and individuals’ happiness and wellbeing following a major funding announcement.