One-off bowel screening test reduces the risk of developing bowel cancer by more than one third and could save thousands of lives.
01 Mar 2017
MRC, the SAMRC, & GSK team up under Newton Fund to tackle non-communicable diseases in Africa.
09 Feb 2017
MRC-funded discovery sheds light on how nerve cells self-repair
06 Feb 2017
Alzheimer's drug stimulates renewal of tooth stem cells leading to natural tooth repair
13 Jan 2017
Medical research delivers benefits across the whole spectrum of society, from its primary aim of improving human health to creating a skilled workforce, growing innovative businesses and generating inward investment for the UK. Here is a small selection of the Medical Research Council's successes, both recent and historic.
[The UK medical research funding graphic is based on 2013/14 figures. Other MRC in numbers figures are cumulative from 2006 to 2014.]
The MRC in numbers
Increasing dementia diagnoses
Sharing compounds from industry
Discovery for medicine
22 million benefit from heart research
22 million patients benefited from research-based cardiovascular disease treatments between 1985-2005. Read more about research-based cardiovascular treatments.
Limiting brain damage in babies
The cooling of newborn babies suffering from a lack of oxygen at the time of birth significantly increases their chance of survival without brain damage to later childhood. Read more about limiting brain damage in babies.
Detecting cancers before they strike
Using the MRC-developed ‘cytosponge’ to detect cancer of the gullet costs around £25 and is done by nurses in a GP surgery, rather than an endoscopy which costs at least £400 and is carried out in hospital. Read more about the cytosponge.
Transforming health research
Take a PEEK
The Portable Eye Examination Kit (PEEK) uses ordinary Android smartphones to test for common eye problems. It costs one fiftieth of the price of the usual heavy, fragile equipment that has to be transported to remote villages, and it only needs one specialist to do the test rather than a whole team. Read more about PEEK.
Alcohol in pregnancy
Research by an MRC-funded PhD student at the University of Leeds on the link between light drinking by pregnant women and pre-term birth, led to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists changing its guidance on alcohol consumption. Read more about alcohol in pregnancy.
Preventing bowel cancer
Flexi-scope cuts the risk of developing bowel cancer by a third. It is estimated that this quick method, which has been adopted by the UK National Screening Programme to be rolled-out over four years, will save around 3,000 lives a year. Read more about preventing bowel cancer.