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New Director for the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit

9 Apr 2018

The MRC would like to welcome Professor Matthew Lambon Ralph as the new Director of the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit. The Unit, established in 1944, became part of the University of Cambridge’s School of Clinical Medicine in 2017.

Genome sequencing of first 50,000 UK Biobank participants

6 Apr 2018

UK Biobank announces major initiative to sequence the full genomes of 50,000 UK Biobank volunteer participants. Funded by a £30M grant from the MRC, sequencing of the whole genome will be undertaken during 2018 and 2019 by the Wellcome Sanger Institute.

Launch of UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships scheme

3 Apr 2018

The UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship scheme (FLF), aims to develop, retain, attract and sustain research and innovation talent in the UK. Providing up to seven years of funding, for at least 550 early-career researchers and innovators, the scheme will tackle difficult and novel challenges.

Potential genetic link in sudden infant death syndrome identified

28 Mar 2018

Rare genetic mutations associated with impairment of the breathing muscles are more common in children who have died from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) than in healthy controls, according to new research co-authored by Medical Research Council scientists.

Prioritising funding to tackle emerging health challenges

28 Mar 2018

To help ensure that the MRC is well positioned to progress research in emerging areas of opportunity and meet key health challenges, we have published a new set of strategically-important science themes in which we wish to encourage grant applications, as identified by our research boards.