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JPND rapid action call for working groups on longitudinal cohort studies for neurodegenerative disease

Medical Research Council - Thu, 2014-05-15 13:00
Current population and disease-focused cohorts offer a significant opportunity for advancing our understanding of the risks of developing neurodegenerative conditions and the influences on disease progression.

Stratified medicine initiative announces short-listed proposals to its second call for disease focused-consortia

Medical Research Council - Thu, 2014-05-15 13:00
The MRC has announced nine short-listed proposals that could be funded under the second phase of its £60m Stratified Medicine Initiative.

Openness on animal research Concordat signed by 72 organisations

Medical Research Council - Wed, 2014-05-14 13:03
A Concordat on Openness on Animal Research in the UK is published today, signed by 72 organisations from across the scientific sector.

UK company uses the world's smallest scaffolding to build new livers

A UK company is using technology originally designed for use in Space to assist in a ground-breaking project that aims to improve the treatment of liver-associated diseases. Ultimately it could develop a new generation of liver replacements, using fibres a hundred times thinner than a human hair.

Professor Colin Pillinger

It was with profound sadness that we learned of the death of our friend and colleague, Professor Colin Pillinger. Colin's name is forever linked with the Beagle 2 mission to Mars - an ambitious project that, while it failed to deliver the science we were aiming for, really did raise the profile of space science in the UK, putting the exploration of Mars firmly in the public eye and raising the aspirations of the UK space science community.

STFC pledges to get more women into science and technology careers

We have answered the government's call to action today (7th May 2014) by pledging our support for its Your Life campaign. Launched by the Chancellor, George Osborne, at the Science Museum in London, the campaign aims to encourage more women to take up careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

New appointments to the Medical Research Council

Medical Research Council - Wed, 2014-05-07 13:03
Four new members have been appointed to the Council of the Medical Research Council (MRC) by the Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts.

Discovery of anti-appetite molecule released by fibre could help tackle obesity

Medical Research Council - Tue, 2014-04-29 13:03
New research has helped unpick a long-standing mystery about how dietary fibre supresses appetite.

Mother’s diet affects the ‘silencing’ of her child’s genes

Medical Research Council - Tue, 2014-04-29 13:03
A mother’s diet before conception can permanently affect how her child’s genes function, according to a study published in Nature Communications.

What's in the bottle? We can tell you in 5 seconds without opening it.

A new machine which can identify the chemical composition of liquids sealed within non-metallic containers without opening them is one of three candidates announced today as in the running to win the UK's premier engineering prize, the MacRobert Award. Already being deployed in 65 airports across Europe, this innovation can protect travelers by screening for liquid explosives and could spell the end of the ban on liquids in hand luggage.

The Chancellor, George Osborne, visits the LMB to announce future support for science

Medical Research Council - Fri, 2014-04-25 13:03
The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne visited the Medical Research Council (MRC) Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) in Cambridge this morning to announce details of the long term plan for science capital investment.

Artificial skin layer grown in lab

Medical Research Council - Fri, 2014-04-25 13:03
An international team led by King’s College London and the San Francisco Veteran Affairs Medical Center (SFVAMC) has developed the first lab-grown epidermis – the outermost skin layer - with a functional permeability barrier akin to real skin.

New high-detail atlas offers tool to explore local environment and health

Medical Research Council - Fri, 2014-04-25 13:03
Researchers have launched a detailed atlas with environment and health maps at a fine scale across England and Wales.

UK's lead in physics healthy but insecure

The quantity and quality of scientific papers produced by UK physicists indicates that the UK remains in an elite group of nations contributing at the leading edge of physics research. New research published today, Tuesday 22 April, shows that, when the quality of the UK's scientific output is compared with that of its leading international competitor nations, the UK's lead in physics comes despite a lack of investment relative to other scientific disciplines, such as the life sciences.

Bath researcher scoops top neutron scattering prize

Dr Anita Zeidler (University of Bath) has been awarded the prestigious '2014 B.T.M. Willis Prize' for neutron scattering in recognition of her studies of a wide range of materials including water, and their interactions at the atomic and molecular level.

Big Data is Big Business

Big data is big business, with the British government estimating that it will have created 58,000 new jobs and added £216 billion to the UK economy by 2017. The UK has vast data sets that are open for public use, generated through world-class research activity and data-intensive public sector organisations. Research has shown that allowing unfettered access is likely to stimulate novel uses of the data, resulting in the emergence of many new companies selling new services.

Intelligent prosthetic liners could ease pain for lower limb amputees

Medical Research Council - Tue, 2014-04-15 13:03
A new device could help to relieve the pain and discomfort experienced by thousands of amputees as a result of poorly fitting replacement lower limbs.

Latest CERN experiment confirms existence of exotic particle

Scientists at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have confirmed the existence of a new class of subatomic particles, exotic hadrons. A new measurement performed by the LHCb collaboration, one of the four large experiments at the LHC at CERN, has confirmed the existence of the exotic object labelled the Z(4430)-.

Pioneering study may help identify early signs of arthritis

UK Researchers believe findings could mean we can treat arthritis earlier and more effectively. A new research project should lead to earlier diagnosis and treatment of osteoarthritis by enabling doctors to identify the condition even before a patient shows any overt clinical symptoms.

Statement on stem cell research

Medical Research Council - Wed, 2014-04-09 13:03
Stem cell research is one of the most promising fields of biomedical research today.

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