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Discovery could explain failed clinical trials for Alzheimer's and provide a solution

Thu, 2018-09-20 03:00

MRC-funded scientists have discovered a vicious feedback loop underlying brain degeneration in Alzheimer’s disease, which may explain why so many drug trials have failed.

New drugs could reduce risk of heart disease when added to statins

Tue, 2018-09-18 17:18

New drugs that lower levels of triglycerides (a type of fat) in blood could further reduce the risk of heart attack when added to statins, according to new research conducted by MRC scientists.

Study of one million people leads to major advance in blood pressure genetics

Mon, 2018-09-17 16:53

Over 500 new gene regions that influence people’s blood pressure have been discovered in the largest global genetic study of blood pressure to date. The research was co-funded by the MRC.

Cutting-edge microscope revealed at opening of new £5m structural biology centre

Tue, 2018-09-11 16:00

The MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR) opened an innovative new structural biology centre today, home to a cutting-edge JEOL CryoARM 300, the first cryo-electron microscope of this model in the United Kingdom.

2018 Max Perutz Science Writing Award shortlist announced

Tue, 2018-09-11 13:13

Ten outstanding articles have been shortlisted for this year’s Max Perutz Science Writing Award, the MRC’s annual writing competition

£8 million investment in new mental health research networks

Thu, 2018-09-06 02:10

UKRI launches eight cross-council national Mental Health Networks bringing researchers, charities and other organisations together to help solve urgent mental health issues such as social isolation, youth and student mental health and domestic and sexual violence.

Liver tissue implants show promising support of liver function

Wed, 2018-08-29 11:00

Stem cells transformed into 3D human liver tissue by scientists show promising support of liver function when implanted into mice with a liver disease. The scientists say this could be early-stage progress towards developing liver tissue implants in humans.

Criticism of the PACE trial

Tue, 2018-08-28 15:44

The Times recently reported on a letter to The Lancet which called for the journal to reanalyse the PACE trial, Executive Chair, Professor Fiona Watt, responds.

Horizon 2020 underwrite guarantee update

Thu, 2018-08-23 15:43

The government has updated its information for UK applicants to Horizon 2020, the European Union’s flagship programme for science and innovation.

UK participation in Horizon 2020: UK government overview

Thu, 2018-08-16 11:57

The government has published updated information for UK applicants to Horizon 2020, the EU’s flagship programme for science and innovation.

Chemical shows promise at killing glioblastoma cells in mouse studies

Thu, 2018-08-16 11:00

Researchers have identified a synthetic chemical, named KHS101, which causes the death of aggressive brain tumour cells from patients in laboratory tests. The researchers found that the synthetic chemical cut the energy source of glioblastoma tumour cells.

Brain scan checklist set to boost care for stroke survivors

Wed, 2018-08-15 11:50

People who suffer a stroke caused by bleeding in the brain could be helped by four simple checks of their brain scans, research suggests. The checks could help spot people at risk of further bleeding so they can be monitored more closely.

Factoring in BMI and sex can help to avoid harmful side effects in type 2 diabetes

Fri, 2018-08-03 02:00

Clinicians can match people with type 2 diabetes to the right drug to improve control of blood sugar and help avoid damaging side-effects, simply by factoring in characteristics such as sex and BMI into prescribing decisions, new MRC-funded research suggests.

Drugs to target "undruggable" enzymes critical in many diseases

Thu, 2018-07-26 18:00

A new drug discovery system allows scientists to specifically target members of an important family of enzymes, called phosphatases, which were previously considered mostly "undruggable". 

UK and India join forces to tackle global health

Thu, 2018-07-26 13:53

Seven research partnerships will receive a total of £10 million under Phase 2 of the Global Research Programme on Health. The research teams will lead projects that seek to address the health needs of women and children in disadvantaged populations globally.

Turmeric extract in eye drops could treat the early stages of glaucoma

Wed, 2018-07-25 17:52

Curcumin, extracted from the yellow spice turmeric, could be used in eye drops to treat the early stages of glaucoma, found a new study led by MRC-funded researchers.

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.