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Contact the Press Office

The MRC press office is the link between MRC scientists and the media. The team provides the press with access to MRC scientists' expertise by publicising research discoveries and finding experts to comment on breaking news. We handle enquiries from print, online and broadcast journalists, documentary makers and press officers from other organisations. The press office also provides corporate information and comment to the media and reports on recent research findings on the MRC news page.

The press office
Phone: 020 7395 2345
To contact the press office out of office hours phone: 07818 428 297

Email: press.office@headoffice.mrc.ac.uk

Carmel Turner
Chief Press Officer
 
Tel: 020 7395 2273
Email: carmel.turner@headoffice.mrc.ac.uk

Shane Canning
Senior Press Officer
 
Tel: 020 7395 2276
Email: shane.canning@headoffice.mrc.ac.uk

Hermione Lawson
Senior Press Officer

Tel: 020 7395 2274
Email: hermione.lawson@headoffice.mrc.ac.uk

For journalists

If you are a journalist and would like to find out more about our areas of research, speak to an expert or arrange filming at one of our facilities, please contact the MRC press office to make the necessary arrangements.

For information on visiting an aminal research facility, please see our guidance page on animals in research

For MRC funded scientists

When to contact the press office:

  • If you have been contacted by a journalist
  • If you have had a paper accepted for publication
  • If you are working on a press release with your university press office about MRC funded research
  • If you'd like help to prepare for a media interview

Researchers who receive MRC funding and have an upcoming journal publication, please contact us as soon as your paper has been accepted to discuss potential media activity. Once a journal paper has been published online it is unlikely that we will be able to publicise the findings widely in the media.

If you have an idea for a media story or would like to discuss any aspect of communicating your research through the media we would love to hear from you. A press officer is available 24/7 on our out of hours number (above).

For other press officers

If you plan to mention the MRC or MRC-funded research in a press release please let us know before you have drafted the release so that we can provide any necessary input into the release and coordinate cross-posting on our website, Twitter, etc. It also helps us be prepared if we get calls from the media on the subject.

To see recent MRC stories in the press visit our Scoop.It page, or sign up to receive weekly email alerts.