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Impact of MRC funded cohorts

4 Dec 2017

The UK has a strong background in epidemiology and public health research. One of the most robust sources of data for this area of research comes from the MRC’s unparalleled collection of large scale population cohort studies

£15 million boost to mental health research

17 Nov 2017

Mental health research will receive a huge £15 million boost today following the announcement of two new schemes to stimulate expertise, innovation and collaboration in the field.

MRC study shows that Mediterranean diet could prevent 19,000 deaths a year in UK

9 Nov 2017

In 2016, MRC-funded scientists studying the UK’s eating habits showed that thousands of deaths from heart disease and stroke could be prevented if everybody ate a Mediterranean diet. The health benefits of the Mediterranean diet, rich in olive oil and fruits and vegetables, have had a popular following for many years, but the study is the first to look at it in the real world of the UK thanks to the EPIC-Norfolk cohort group.

Our body clocks cause wounds sustained at night to heal more slowly

8 Nov 2017

A new study has discovered how our body clocks cause wounds, such as cuts and burns, to heal faster if the injury happens during the day rather than at night. This could have implications for medical procedures and provides targets for drugs to improve wound healing.

Stem cell-derived liver models allow scientists to test treatments for drug overdoses

1 Nov 2017

Scientists at the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh have developed a new technique using stem cells to generate a liver ‘model’. Using this model, the team showed in 2016 that a novel microRNA – a tiny molecule that can switch genes on or off -- could reduce drug-induced liver toxicity, which could lead to developing new treatments for paracetamol overdoses.