Max Perutz Science Writing Award 2020 Winner
The 23rd recipient of the Medical Research Council’s Max Perutz Science Writing Award was announced at the virtual award ceremony; you can read the shortlisted articles. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - October 26, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

New round of Innovation Scholars Secondments: Biomedical Sciences opens
UKRI is launching a second round of the Innovation Scholars Secondments scheme. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - October 15, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

Queen's Birthday Honours 2020
Congratulations to Dr Jonathan Pearce, whose achievements were recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2020, for services to Covid-19 Research. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - October 13, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

New research to tackle Covid's impact on mental health receives £2 million boost
Six new projects worth a total of£2 million will give a much-needed boost in support for research investigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - October 10, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

UK and Japan award eight Regenerative Medicine projects
In this landmark collaboration, MRC and AMED will make almost£7 million available to support collaborative projects that seek to advance regenerative approaches towards clinical use. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - September 17, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

Scientists discover what happens in our brains when guessing
Researchers have identified how cells in our brains work together to join up memories of separate experiences, allowing us to make educated guesses in everyday life. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - September 16, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

Landmark coronavirus study to trial inhaled Imperial and Oxford vaccines
UKRI and NIHR funded researchers at Imperial College London are set to begin trials to assess the safety and effectiveness of two of the UK’s coronavirus vaccines in development, when inhaled into the lungs. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - September 15, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

RECOVERY trial will evaluate REGN-COV2 investigational antibody cocktail in the UK
One of the world’s largest efforts to find effective COVID-19 treatments will evaluate the impact of REGN-COV2 on mortality, hospital stays, and the need for ventilation. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - September 14, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

2020 Max Perutz Science Writing Award Shortlist Announced
Ten outstanding articles have been shortlisted for the 2020Max Perutz Science Writing Award, the MRC’s annual writing competition. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - September 11, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

£5 million for new research projects investigating how coronavirus spreads
Eight new projects will explore how the virus spreads in schoolchildren, healthcare workers, in medical settings, on surfaces in public spaces, and in strictly-Orthodox Jewish communities. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - September 10, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

Discovery of four COVID-19 risk groups helps guide treatment
People who are admitted to hospital with COVID-19 can be divided into four distinct groups, according to data from the world’s largest study of patients with the disease. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - September 10, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

Director appointed for new National Mouse Genetics Network
Professor Owen Sansom has been appointed as Director of the National Mouse Genetics Network. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - September 8, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

Dr Veronique Miron recognised with Suffrage Science award that celebrates women in STEM
Dr Veronique Miron, from the MRC Centre for Reproductive Health at the University of Edinburgh, has been chosen to receive a prestigious award celebrating the achievements of women in STEM. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - September 7, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

Unprecedented national effort by UK immunologists to search for answers on COVID-19
Three new UK-wide studies, bringing together scientists from 17 research institutions, will receive£8.4 million from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to understand immune responses to the novel coronavirus. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - August 28, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

New molecule to repair and restore brain and spinal cord function
A molecule created by researchers can restore lost connections in the spinal cord and brain of mice with neurological disorders including cerebellar ataxia, Alzheimer’s disease and spinal cord injury. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - August 27, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

Nominations for the MRC Millennium Medal 2020 are now open
The MRC has announced the launch of the Millennium Medal 2020, the MRC’s most prestigious award that is presented annually to an exceptional researcher who has made a major contribution towards the MRC’s mission to improve health, quality of life and wealth creation. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - August 24, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

AI answers da Vinci heart mystery
Structures first described by the Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci 500 years ago have been found to be crucial in our understanding of how the heart works. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - August 20, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

Largest ever study using wearable devices finds physical activity is beneficial for health, and more intense activity is better
Physical activity of any intensity is beneficial for health, but more intense activity has greater benefits, according to a new study published today inNature Medicine. In the largest study to date of accelerometer-measured physical activity, a team led by researchers at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge analysed data from more than 96,000 UK Biobank participants. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - August 17, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

MRC launch Experimental Medicine Panel
MRC is pleased to announce a new Experimental Medicine Panel, which will meet regularly to enhance the MRC’s current translational offering. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - July 29, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

UKRI COVID-19 and ethnicity research
Understanding the reasons for vulnerability to COVID-19 and the differential social, cultural and economic impacts of the pandemic on minority ethnic groups.  (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - July 29, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

Multimillion investment in six new research projects to investigate COVID-19 and ethnicity
Six new projects to improve our understanding of the links between COVID-19 and ethnicity have been funded by UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) Medical Research Council (MRC) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - July 28, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

£3 million awarded to help tackle air pollution
UK Research and Innovation has awarded£3 million to support six research networks that will investigate solutions to air pollution. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - July 22, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

Oxford trial funded by UKRI offers new hope for a COVID vaccine
Early stage human trials of a COVID-19 vaccine have found it produces strong immune response and shows no early safety concerns, according to results published today inThe Lancet.  (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - July 21, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

World-leading study into long-term health impacts of COVID-19 launched by UKRI and NIHR
Today, UKRI and NIHR are announcing£8.4 million funding for one of the world’s largest studies into the long-term physical and mental health impacts of coronavirus on hospitalised patients.  (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - July 6, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

Preliminary trial results find antiviral drug lopinavir/ritonavir does not reduce death in hospitalised patients with COVID-19
The‘RECOVERY’ trial has released preliminary results showing lopinavir/ritonavir, an antiviral drug commonly used to treat HIV, had no significant mortality benefit in hospitalised COVID-19 patients. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - July 1, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

New £1.3 million national research programme to evaluate coronavirus tests in hospitals, GP surgeries and care homes
Testing for coronavirus infection could become quicker, more convenient and more accurate, following the launch of a multicentre national programme of research that will evaluate how new diagnostic tests perform in hospitals, general practices and care homes.  (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - June 24, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

The largest genetic study into myalgic encephalomyelitis in the UK
A new study has been funded to analyse samples from 20,000 people with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), also diagnosed as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS, or ME/CFS), to search for genetic differences that may indicate underlying causes or increase the risk of developing the condition. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - June 23, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

First volunteer receives new COVID-19 vaccine today
The first healthy volunteer has now received a new coronavirus vaccine developed by researchers led by Professor Robin Shattock at Imperial College London. The phase I trials were funded by UKRI as part of the UKRI/DHSC/NIHR COVID-19 rapid research response. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - June 22, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

Preliminary trial results find dexamethasone reduces death in hospitalised patients with severe respiratory complications of COVID-19
The‘RECOVERY’ trial has released preliminary results showing low-cost dexamethasone reduces death by up to one third in hospitalised patients with severe respiratory complications of COVID-19. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - June 16, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

UKRI and NIHR move to new phase of COVID-19 research funding
To meet the needs of this new environment, the NIHR/UKRI rolling call will close to new applications on 30 June 2020. The NIHR has launched a new‘Recovery and Learning’ callto better understand and manage the health and social care consequences of the global COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - June 16, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

UK Research and Innovation seeks further council members
Council members play a critical role in UKRI’s strategy development and governance, working with their Executive Chair to deliver their council's aims and objectives and to support UKRI's overall mission. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - June 11, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

Preliminary results from RECOVERY trial on the use of hydroxychloroquine in hospitalised patients with COVID-19
The'RECOVERY'trial has released preliminary results showing no effect on mortality from the use of hydroxychloroquine in patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - June 7, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

Advanced Pain Discovery Platform (APDP) Introductory Webinar
The core focus of the webinar will be to provide an introduction to the APDP initiative and our newly appointed Director, Professor David Walsh. Participants will receive an overview of the Advanced Pain Discovery Platform (APDP) initiative, including its scientific scope, eligibility requirements, and the application process.  (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - June 3, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

Did life emerge in the'primordial soup' via DNA or RNA? Maybe both
Scientists have long debated which genetic information carrier– DNA or RNA– started life on Earth, but a new study suggests life could have begun with a bit of both. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - June 2, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

SPF Advanced Pain Discovery Platform Director Announcement
The Medical Research Council and Versus Arthritis and other Partners are pleased to announce the appointment of Professor David Walsh as Director for the UKRI Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF) Programme, Advanced Pain Discovery Platform (APDP). (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - May 29, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

Calling all MRC PhD students!
The MRC in partnership with The Observer are proud to announce that the Max Perutz Science Writing Award 2020 is now open. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - May 20, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

MRC Response to Covid-19
TheUKRI Coronavirus Hub gives you the latest information on the vital work of UKRI and our community in response to the crisis, what grants and awards we have made, and our continuing call to fund your ideas to limit the outbreak and protect life. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - May 15, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

MRC scientists elected Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences
MRC-supported scientists are among the distinguished medical researchers elected as Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - May 13, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

COVID-19 drugs trial rolled out across UK homes and communities
A UK trial– testing whether low-risk treatment in the community can help people at higher risk of complications from COVID-19 to get better quicker, reducing the need for hospital admission– is today announcing that older people who have had coronavirus symptoms for 15 days or less can now also screen for the trial online. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - May 12, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

New call for research on the risk factors, transmission and prevalence of coronavirus
A new call for research proposals on the risk factors, transmission and prevalence of the COVID-19 virus SARS-CoV-2, has been launch by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - May 7, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

LifeArc and MRC partnership to create new £16m fund to establish Gene Therapy Innovation Hubs
A network of Gene Therapy Innovation Hubs providing access to clinical grade viral vector and translational support for early phase academic-led gene therapy clinical trials. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - May 4, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

Preliminary results of Covid-19 drug treatment trial found to improve recovery
An international clinical trial, co-led by UKRI’s Medical Research Council and UCL, which is testing the effectiveness of the drug remdesivir on patients hospitalised with Covid-19, has shown“very promising” preliminary results. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - April 30, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

MRC scientists elected Fellows of the Royal Society
MRC-supported researchers are among the eminent scientists announced today, elected as Fellows of the Royal Society. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - April 30, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

Study of more than 16,700 COVID-19 patients identifies characteristics of severe disease
To answer many urgent questions about the characteristics of people who are most severely affected by the virus and what happens to them in hospital, a study– called‘ISARIC4C’– has analysed data obtained from 16,749 COVID-19 hospital patients in the UK. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - April 29, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

Patterns of common coronavirus infections could aid understanding of COVID-19
Coronavirus infections are a common cause of mild colds, infecting thousands of people every year in the UK. They mostly circulate in the winter in temperate regions where they are often referred to as‘seasonal coronaviruses’. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - April 27, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

COVID-19 vaccine begins human trial stage
Researchers at the University of Oxford have begun testing a COVID-19 vaccine in human volunteers this week. The phase I trial was funded by UKRI and NIHR as part of the rapid research response. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - April 24, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

NIHR and UKRI launch call for research on COVID-19 and ethnicity
The NIHR and UKRI are jointly calling for research proposals to investigate emerging evidence of an association between ethnicity and COVID-19 incidence and adverse health outcomes. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - April 23, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

COVID-19 therapy, vaccine, epidemiology and policy development research boosted by twenty-one new projects
Twenty-one new studies into the novel coronavirus have been funded by the UK government, including the first clinical drug trial in primary care, vaccine and therapy development, and studying epidemiology, disease transmission, behavioral interventions and policy approaches to COVID-19.    (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - April 18, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

Expressions of interest invited for virtual workshop on mouse genetics
Given the current requirements for social distancing as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are now exploring a virtual meeting / webinar on this date. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - April 3, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

Research and Innovation ideas to address COVID-19
MRC is funding new research projects as part of the UK Research and Innovation response to the current COVID-19 pandemic through the DHSC/UKRI COVID-19 Rapid Response Initiative. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - April 2, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news