Research News

£4.5m from Newton Fund for collaborations that will tackle antimicrobial resistance

Thursday, 11 August 2016 14:16

Six new research partnerships looking at ways of tackling the rise of anti-microbial resistance (AMR) have been created with £4.5m investment by the MRC, BBSRC, ESRC and through the Newton Fund, an initiative intended to strengthen research and innovation partnerships between the UK and partner countries.

The partnerships will see researchers from multiple disciplines at six UK centres of excellence work in collaboration with Chinese counterparts, thanks to match funding from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) to foster collaboration across borders and between diverse disciplines to help stop the growing global burden posed by AMR.

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UKCRC - Online directory of biobanks established

Thursday, 11 August 2016 11:48

Following the successful registration of more than 50 biobanks, the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) has launched an online directory of biobanks.

This UK-wide resource, led by Dr Philip Quinlan, Director of the UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre, represents the first step in seeking to integrate national biobanking infrastructure into a searchable resource to support research activity.

The UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre is the UK’s hub for bringing together different biobanking activities from across the country. The MRC is a member of the UKCRC, working alongside the NHS, other research funders, industry, regulatory bodies, Royal Colleges, patient groups and academia in a UK-wide environment that facilitates and promotes high-quality clinical research for the benefit of patients.

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MRC - Explore your career options - Interactive career framework

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 10:50

The MRC’s interactive career framework is a very useful tool which allows researchers to look at career options in biomedical research.

The framework gives information on possible options for a career in biomedical research within academia and /or industry: the roles and routes displayed are illustrative and not exhaustive.

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Spotlight on Hepatitis

Tuesday, 09 August 2016 00:00

The World Hepatitis Day 2016 took place on on Thursday 28th July. This year's theme was Elimination with the organisers launching the 'NOhep campaign' as part of the proceedings.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) website contains campaign material, general information, patient stories, technical information, WHD archives and their strategy on tackling hepatitis.

The key points of the strategy are that by 2030:

  • 90% of infants will receive hepatitis B birth dose vaccine
  • All blood donations will be screened
  • 90% of people will have access to safe injections
  • 90% of people will be aware of their illness and 80% will be treated for it
  • that these aims will contribute to a 65% reduction in hepatitis deaths and a 90% reduction in new cases

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