Medical Research Council (MRC)
The Medical Research Council has been at the forefront of scientific discovery to improve human health. Founded in 1913 to tackle tuberculosis, the MRC now invests taxpayers’ money in some of the best medical research in the world across every area of health.
|Address:||MRC Centre, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Francis Crick Avenue, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge|
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Twenty-nine MRC-funded researchers have won Nobel prizes in a wide range of disciplines, and MRC scientists have been behind such diverse discoveries as vitamins, the structure of DNA and the link between smoking and cancer, as well as achievements such as pioneering the use of randomised controlled trials, the invention of MRI scanning, and the development of a group of antibodies used in the making of some of the most successful drugs ever developed. Today, MRC-funded scientists tackle some of the greatest health problems facing humanity in the 21st century, from the rising tide of chronic diseases associated with ageing to the threats posed by rapidly mutating micro-organisms. www.mrc.ac.uk
Over £100m is invested annually in MRC research establishments in Cambridge, including funding for research in universities via grant programmes and through specialist MRC Centres. The MRC Cancer Unit, the MRC Epidemiology Unit and the MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit are all based at the University of Cambridge. The MRC has four other units in Cambridge: the MRC Biostatistics Unit, the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, MRC Human Nutrition Research and the MRC Mitochondrial Diseases Unit. In addition, the MRC currently supports around 100 external studentships in Cambridge.
The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) is a flagship of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus and continues as a world-class institute for basic science, employing around 700 MRC staff.
Among the key strategic areas are: Neurosciences, including the use of brain imaging; cancer, including prevention and novel therapeutic approaches; diabetes, obesity, and nutrition, as part of broader strategic efforts in Cambridge; studies of the biology of the mitochondria and relevance to disease and a major interest in biostatistics.
MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit: www.mrc-mbu.cam.ac.uk
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB): www2.mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk
MRC Human Nutrition Research: www.mrc-hnr.cam.ac.uk
MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit: www.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk
MRC Biostatistics Unit: www.mrc-bsu.cam.ac.uk
MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit at the University of Cambridge: www.mrc-cord.org
MRC Cancer Unit at the University of Cambridge: www.mrc-cu.cam.ac.uk
MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge: www.mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk
M. Madan Babu, a Group Leader in the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology's (LMB’s) Structural Studies Division, will deliver the annual Francis Crick Lecture at the Royal Society on 7th December 2016.
29 November 2016Read in full
Bonnie Bassler will give the 2016 John Kendrew Lecture next Monday (24th October 2016) at 11.00 in the LMB’s Max Perutz Lecture Theatre. The title of the lecture is ‘Bacterial Quorum Sensing and its Control’. The event is open to anyone in the local area who is interested in attending.
18 October 2016Read in full
A charity-industry collaboration has launched an initiative to find new epigenetic drug treatments to improve the lives of millions of people affected by respiratory diseases every year.
1 September 2016Read in full
The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) Workshops have a long history of training staff and offering apprenticeships to give the next generation of technicians the skills and experience they need in a working environment.
31 August 2016Read in full
Richard Henderson from the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology's (LMB’s) Structural Studies Division has been awarded the Royal Society’s most prestigious award, the Copley Medal. This is the world’s oldest scientific prize, first awarded in 1731.
24 May 2016Read in full
KJ Patel, group leader in the Laboratory of Molecular Biology’s PNAC Division, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society, in recognition of his outstanding research on DNA repair and chromosome breakage
1 May 2015Read in full
The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) is delighted to announce the recent arrival of two new group leaders: Rebecca Taylor and Wanda Kukulski.
1 April 2015Read in full
The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) has appointed 30 Bird and public works as Artists-in-Residence, starting in April 2015.
30 March 2015Read in full
New specimen support grids for electron microscopy, made of pure gold and designed by Lori Passmore and Chris Russo from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology's (LMB’s) Structural Studies Division, have been licensed for production by Quantifoil Micro Tools GmbH (Quantifoil).
30 March 2015Read in full
The opening weekend of the 2015 Cambridge Science Festival was a huge success, with thousands of visitors attending events on the 14 and 15 March. The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) scientists designed and ran two of the activities, ‘See your Cells’ at the Corn Exchange and ‘Crystal Clear’ at the Chemistry Department.
27 March 2015Read in full