MRC Festival of Medical Research programme launched today
The annual MRC Festival of Medical Research takes place from 13-23 June 2019. It involves a wide range of free public activities showcasing MRC-funded research. The programme of MRC Festival activities launched today. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - May 20, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

£25 million funding awarded to leading disease prevention projects
MRC is one of twelve funders investing a total of£25 million into understanding and influencing the social, economic and environmental factors that affect our health. The investment marks the first ever funding round of the UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP). (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - May 9, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

AMS elects new fellows
MRC-supported scientists are among the 50 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 8, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

MRC to run competition process for Digital Innovation Hubs
The MRC is to run a competition process on behalf of Health Data Research UK, to create Digital Innovation Hubs: centres of excellence dedicated to pioneering the use of health data for research and innovation. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - May 7, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Researchers discover how eating feeds into the body clock
The study from the MRC LMB published in the journal Cell is the first to identify insulin as a primary signal that helps communicate the timing of meals to the cellular clocks located across our body, commonly known as the body clock. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - April 26, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Calling all MRC-funded PhD students!
The MRC’s 2019 Max Perutz Science Writing Award is now open. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - April 24, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Discovery of genetic variants could lead to new weight loss medicines
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. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - April 19, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

New MRC Health Innovation Champion appointed
Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak has been appointed as MRC Health Innovation Champion. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - April 12, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

New approach to tackle Ebola and other deadly infections
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. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - April 3, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Report reveals legacy of public health research centres
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. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - March 28, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Latest Biomedical Catalyst investments will transform patient outcomes
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. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - March 22, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

MRC scientists discover unique tau filament structures in head-injury associated dementia
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. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - March 20, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Nine-month treatment regimen for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis is as effective as 20-months
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. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - March 14, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

High blood pressure, diabetes and obesity each linked to unhealthy brains
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. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - March 11, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

New genetic data on 50,000 UK Biobank participants made available
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. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - March 11, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

MRC-funded study suggests deep brain stimulation could help OCD symptoms
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. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - March 9, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Prospective drug found by testing in human heart muscle grown from stem cells
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. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - March 7, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

HIV remission achieved in second patient
A second person has experienced sustained remission from HIV-1 after ceasing treatment, according to new research part-funded by the MRC. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - March 5, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Blood test could give two-month warning of kidney transplant rejection
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. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - March 1, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Professor Patrick Chinnery appointed as MRC Clinical Director
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. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - February 26, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

New clues as to why non-smokers, as well as smokers, develop COPD
Researchers reveal findings that explain why some people who have never smoked develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - February 25, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Distorted, stretched DNA may increase risk of off-target changes with CRISPR-Cas9
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. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - February 25, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

MRC-funded research reveals extent of trauma and PTSD in young people
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. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - February 22, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

UKRI'One Health' AMR research priorities showcased in Parliament today
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. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - February 13, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Blood test could improve early detection of lung cancer
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. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - February 12, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Researchers develop technique to analyse cancer cells' life history
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. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - February 12, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Higher dose of chemotherapy reduces breast cancer recurrence
Giving chemotherapy drugs every two weeks instead of the usual every three weeks reduces the risk of breast cancer recurrence and death, according to new research. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - February 8, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Origins of depression brought into focus in large-scale gene study
Hundreds of genes have been newly linked to depression, shedding light on the origins of the condition and highlighting personality types that could be at risk. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - February 5, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

New study sheds light on community-based approach to diabetes prevention in Bangladesh
New research funded by the MRC highlights the success of a novel community-based approach to diabetes prevention in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - February 4, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Statin therapy reduces cardiovascular disease risk in older people
Statin therapy reduces major vascular events, such as heart attacks and strokes, in a wide range of people, including those over the age of 75, according to new research from MRC scientists. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - February 1, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

New 3D imaging technique reveals how pancreatic cancers start
A new technique to study tissue samples in 3D has revealed that pancreatic cancers can start and grow in two distinct ways, solving a decades-old mystery of how tumours form. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - January 30, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Research sheds light on body clock and links to mental health and disease
A large-scale genomic analysis has revealed some of the inner workings of the body clock, suggesting that being genetically programmed to rise early may lead to greater well-being and a lower risk of schizophrenia and depression. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - January 29, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

New Director of MRC Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology
A new Director has been appointed to run the Medical Research Council Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology (OIRO). (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - January 24, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

New era for UK superbug research
The UK’s new 20 year vision and five year National Action Plan (2019-2024) for containing, controlling and mitigating antimicrobial resistance has been announced by Health Secretary Matt Hancock at the World Economic Forum at Davos today. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - January 24, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

New role for brain's support cells in controlling circadian rhythms
Researchers at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology have found that support cells called astrocytes can actually lead the tempo of the body’s internal clock and have been shown for the first time to be able to control patterns of daily behaviour in mammals. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - January 10, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Scientists find a new way to target norovirus family
MRC scientists have taken a major step forward in understanding how a family of viruses, including norovirus, initiate infections. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - January 10, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

New Year's Honours 2019
Individuals closely connected with the MRC have been recognised in the 2019 New Year’s Honours list. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - January 3, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Gene variations linked to higher risk of diabetes and heart attacks
People who are less likely to put on excess fat around their hips due to their genes are at higher risk of type 2 diabetes and heart attacks, according to a new study led by scientists from the Medical Research Council (MRC) Epidemiology Unit. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - December 22, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

MRC researcher Professor Bobby Gaspar to star in the BBC RI Christmas Lectures
Bobby Gaspar, whose gene therapy trial into the rare‘Bubble Baby’ disease has been supported by the MRC since 2007, will be interviewed as part of the iconic Royal Institution Christmas Lectures broadcast on BBC Four this December. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - December 20, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Professor Sir David Weatherall: 1933-2018
It is with great sadness that we learnt of the death of Sir David Weatherall, founding Director of the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - December 10, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Funding boost for initiative mapping entire human body
The MRC, part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), is investing£6.7 million to support the UK’s contribution to mapping every cell type in the human body, through the global Human Cell Atlas initiative.  (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - December 6, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Pioneering 100,000 Genomes Project reaches sequencing goal
The 100,000 Genomes Project has reached its goal of sequencing 100,000 whole genomes from NHS patients. Established with the support of the MRC, the project began in 2012 to uncover new diagnoses and improved treatments for patients with rare diseases and cancer. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - December 6, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

New funding scheme supporting clinical research capacity
A new funding scheme has been launched to enable NHS consultants to participate in high-quality collaborative research partnerships. The MRC has committed£10 million to pilot the scheme and the National Institute of Health Research will commit up to£2 million additional funding. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - November 30, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

UK and Chinese researchers to collaborate on fight against superbugs
Four major new China-UK research collaborations will tackle antibacterial resistance thanks to an£8 million investment by the UKRI AMR Cross Council Initiative through the Newton Fund and 36 million RMB from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - November 28, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

New insights into maturation of ear hair cells critical for hearing
A key regulator that controls how an inner ear cell critical for hearing– called outer hair cells– mature, has been discovered in mice by a team led by scientists at MRC Harwell and the University of Maryland. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - November 22, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

New dual-action cancer-killing virus
Scientists have equipped a virus that kills carcinoma cells with a protein so it can also target and kill adjacent cells that are tricked into shielding the cancer from the immune system. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - November 19, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Two-pronged device enables immune cells to identify and kill cancers
Immune cells called Gamma Delta T cells can act independently to identify and kill cancer cells, defying the conventional view of the immune system, reveals new research. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - November 13, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Poxvirus tricks cells into moving to spread infection
Vaccinia virus, a poxvirus closely related to smallpox and monkeypox, tricks cells it has infected into activating their own cell movement mechanism to rapidly spread the virus, according to a new study led by scientists at the MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - November 12, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Decades of discovery set to revolutionise healthcare
Over the recent years, advances in technology have allowed many more diagnostic tests to be carried out at the patient’s bedside rather than the laboratory bench. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - November 1, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Good housing may be key to eliminating childhood malnutrition
New research suggests that improved housing with access to piped water may be the crucial keys to eliminating malnutrition and stunting in children. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - November 1, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news