Tag Archives: MRC: Medical Research Council

Structure of Tau Filaments in Alzheimer’s Disease Discovered (MRC / BBC News / Nature / NHS Choices)

Summary Research at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology has taken advantage of a “resolution revolution” in microscopy to uncover the atomic structure of Tau filaments (one of the two types of the abnormal tangles associated with Alzheimer’s Disease). “Tau forms … Continue reading

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Grounds for Cautious Optimism Regarding Two Drugs Re-Purposed for Neurodegenerative Diseases? (BBC News / MRC / NHS Choices / Brain)

Summary Animal research, involving mice, has indicated promising results for the potential of two re-purposed drugs in helping to slow or halt the progression of a number of neurodegenerative brain diseases, including dementia. “The best known drug of the pair … Continue reading

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Future Director of the UK Dementia Research Institute (MRC / Guardian / JAMA Neurology)

Summary Professor Bart De Strooper has been appointed as the Director of the UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI). Prof. De Strooper currently leads the Laboratory for the Research of Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of Leuven and is scientific … Continue reading

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MRC DRI Momentum Awards £4.3 Million For UK Dementia Research (MRC)

Summary Momentum Awards, which support the UK Dementia Research Institute (DRI). Today’s announcement involves six universities being awarded £4.3 million from the MRC to help develop UK-based dementia research. Judging from the press release, there appears to be a serious … Continue reading

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Urine Test for Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD)? (BBC News / MRC / JAMA Neurology / NEJM)

Summary It may one day be possible to use a non-invasive diagnostic urine test to discover whether or not patients have sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (sCJD). Full Text Link Reference A urine test for Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease may be possible. London: Medical … Continue reading

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Francis Crick Institute Opens for Genetic Research (MRC / BBC News)

Summary The new Francis Crick Institute has opened in London. “The Crick has been established through the collaboration of six funding partners: the MRC, Cancer Research UK, Wellcome, University College London, Imperial College London and King’s College London”. Full Text … Continue reading

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Quick Insights Into the UK’s Brain Bank Network (BBC News / MRC)

Summary A brief look at the MRC’s Brain Bank Network. Full Text Link Reference Buchanan, R. (2016). Banking Britain’s brains: the story of a scientific resource. London: BBC Health News, August 1st 2016.

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Further Funding for the Dementia Research Institute (Gov UK / MRC / Alzheimer’s Society / ARUK)

Summary Additional partnership funding has been announced for Dementia Research Institute (DRI). The Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK have each committed £50 million towards supporting the work of the Institute, making the total commitment to date around £250 million … Continue reading

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Growing Sense of Wellbeing Into the Seventh Decade of Life (BBC News / MRC)

Summary A long-running Medical Research Council cohort study survey, which has followed the health and wellbeing of 1,700 people since their birth, indicates that feelings of wellbeing of those in their 60s actually increased as they approached the age of … Continue reading

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Targeting Brain Inflammation May Help Protect Against Alzheimer’s Disease? (BBC News / MRC / NHS Choices / Brain)

Summary Animal research at the University of Southampton, funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and Alzheimer’s Research UK indicates that blocking a receptor (CSF1R), which is responsible for regulating the production of new immune cells (microglia) in the brain, … Continue reading

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