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MRC Festival of Medical Research

The MRC Festival of Medical Research planned for 18 May to 30 June 2020 was cancelled due to COVID-19.

In 2019, the MRC Festival took place from 13 to 23 June, with 40 MRC-funded establishments and collaborations showcasing their work through events and activities in England, Scotland, Wales, The Gambia, Kenya and Uganda.

The activities aimed to inform, inspire and stimulate thinking about medical research.

(Left) University of Edinburgh Centre for Inflammation Research ‘Supercytes’ teacher workshop. (Middle) University of Sheffield family drop in event. (Right) London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine film screening


The Summer Science Fete at UCL was a fun day for all ages and included hands on activities, interactive demonstrations and games. It was hosted by MRC Clinical Trials Unit, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Cell Biology, MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing, MRC Prion Unit and UK Dementia Research Institute.

A member of the public scrapes the inside of her cheek to obtain her own cells at the UCL Summer Science Fete.


The public joined MRC Human Genetics Unit and MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine researchers, clinicians and patients at the ‘Shining a Light on Genetics Disorders’ event at the University of Edinburgh which focused on families affected by genetic conditions.

Researchers stood near their posters at the genetic conditions event in Edinburgh.


MRC Unit The Gambia at the LSHTM presented on microbiological sampling and testing to members of the public and school children as part of their ‘Women in Science Marketplace’ activity.

Isatou Jagne, Scientific Officer from the MRC Unit The Gambia explaining her work.


Guides took part in a ‘Biohazard Relay’ during their visit to MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research where they competed against the clock to dress in PPE and inactivate the big bad nasty virus.

Guides taking part in activities in Glasgow.


MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology invited students from two sixth form colleges to preview the exhibit A Recipe for Primordial Life. Students explored the volcanic landscape of the early Earth to find out how the fundamental molecules needed for life began and how these might have combined in the first cells.

School students exploring early Earth at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology


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