MRC leads the way in implementing adaptive trial methodology into UK clinical trials landscape.
27 Sep 2018
A landmark study, part-funded by the MRC, may herald a quicker, more tailored treatment for people living with tuberculosis.
26 Sep 2018
Scientists delivered the first treatment in the UK using a MR Linac machine
25 Sep 2018
Scientists discovered a vicious feedback loop underlying brain degeneration.
20 Sep 2018
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 MRC in numbers’ figures are cumulative from 2006 to 2016. The ‘UK medical research funding’ figures are adapted from UKCRC (2015) UK Health Research Analysis 2014. ISBN: 978-0-903730-20-4]
The MRC in numbers
Understanding Alzheimer’s genetics
Discovering tomorrow's antibiotics
Pioneering a new class of drugs
Nobel Prize-winner Sir Greg Winter pioneered the first humanised therapeutic antibodies. By collaborating with pharmaceutical companies, a new class of drugs now exists for millions of patients worldwide suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and other conditions. Read more about working with industry.
Discovery for medicine
Portable DNA sequencing technology
Based on decades of discovery research funded by the MRC, spin-out company Oxford Nanopore launched a USB-sized DNA sequencing technology. Genome sequencing has revolutionised disease outbreak monitoring and has huge potential in personalised medicine.
NHS genomic medicine service
The 100,000 Genomes Project has successfully reached its sequencing goal. The project aims to create a new service to deliver care that’s personalised to the genetics of the patient. It has already helped one in four participants with rare diseases receive a diagnosis.
Growing kidney-like tissue
Scientists have grown human kidney-like tissue which is able to produce urine, as normal kidneys do, when transplanted into mice. They used human embryonic stem cells to create filtering parts of the kidney in a laboratory, a significant step towards new treatments for kidney failure.
Informing breast cancer treatment
A blood test detecting DNA shed by cancer cells could tell whether the breast cancer drug palbociclib is working, months earlier than standard tests. Women currently wait up to three months for scan results to see if the drug is working.
Bloodless diabetes testing
Scientists have created a skin patch that can measure blood glucose levels through the skin, without the finger-prick tests used daily by millions of diabetics. The patch senses blood sugar levels by pulling glucose from fluid between cells.
Pioneering UK cancer treatment
The first patient in the UK received prostate cancer treatment using a new technology combining MRI and radiotherapy. By adjusting radiation beams in real time, it lowers the risk of damaging healthy tissues, reducing side-effects for patients.