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Stories of impact

There are many factors that influence the healthcare we receive at the doctor's surgery - the story usually begins with discoveries by scientists working in laboratories. Once scientists spot the potential of this work, they begin developing it with clear goals in mind; to help cure and prevent disease. Other discoveries come because researchers study the spread of a disease between people, or how best to introduce a new treatment. Building on these advances, politicians and doctors are key to the application of treatment, healthcare or changes to public policies. Below is a selection of stories taken to give a snapshot of the impact of MRC research. Please note that not all have been updated to reflect the latest research into an area, however provide a reference of developments up to a certain point.

Rare diseases
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Alzheimer's drug to enhance immune response to DNA vaccination
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Developing a vaccine for MRSA
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Heptares Therapeutics and G-protein coupled receptors
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Improving survival rates for oesophageal cancer
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Microbiome: living in harmony with the body's microbes
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Mirococept proteins: extending the life of a kidney transplant
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Obesity
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Using stem cells to treat age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
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Vitamin B3 as a treatment for Friedreich’s ataxia
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Antithrombotics
Cancer screening
Cystic fibrosis
Deep brain stimulation
DNA research
Flu
Folic acid
Hearing screen
HIV research in the UK
Infections in Africa
Iron supplementation
Leukaemia
Measles
Medical imaging
Mosquito nets
Optical Projection Tomography
Schizophrenia
Smoking
Statins
Stem cell research
Therapeutic antibodies
Tuberculosis