Corporate Banner
Satellite Banner
Technology
Networks
Scientific Communities
 
Become a Member | Sign in
Home>News>This Article
  News
Return

MRC Invests £32M to Improve Data Research

Published: Friday, February 07, 2014
Last Updated: Friday, February 07, 2014
Bookmark and Share
Investment will improve capability, capacity and capital infrastructure in medical bioinformatics.

The Minister for Science and Universities, the Rt Hon David Willetts made the announcement at the High Performance Computing and Big Data Conference. 

The five major strategic awards will strengthen collaborative links, improve tools and infrastructure for researchers and will support the safe use of biological and patient data for medical research across all diseases. The awards will also support career opportunities for computational scientists, technologists and programme leaders, enhancing the UK’s skills in this area.

This investment represents the latest instalment of a £90 million funding initiative by the MRC to tackle ‘big data’ challenges for the advancement of medical research. In July 2013 the MRC announced £20 million for the establishment of the UK’s first health informatics research institute (the Farr Institute), building on the four e-Health Informatics Research Centres (eHIRCs) funded through £19 million by a consortium of three Research Councils, three health departments and four leading medical research charities.

The medical bioinformatics initiative (expected to total £50 million in due course) will complement these investments by building new ways of linking across complex biological data and health records to solve key medical challenges. The first awards will make a significant contribution to medical research in the UK across institutions, academia, the NHS and industry.

The first awardees include:

Sir Alex Markham, University of Leeds

Leeds MRC Medical Bioinformatics Centre

Peter Donnelly, University of Oxford

University of Oxford Big Data Institute

Pontiano Kaleebu, MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit

MRC/UVRI Medical Informatics Centre

Mark Pallen, Universities of Warwick & Swansea Consortium

The MRC Consortium for Medical Microbial Bioinformatics

Peter V Coveney, University College London Partners

Medical Bioinformatics

 Universities and Science Minister David Willets said:

 “Making the most of large and complex data is a huge priority for government as it has the potential to drive research and development, increase productivity and innovation and ultimately transform lives.

“This funding will help build UK medical research capability and improve collaboration across institutions, academia, the NHS and industry.”

 MRC Chief Executive, Professor John Savill said:

“Advances in data research will lay the foundation for solving some of the most fundamental questions in medicine. This £32 million investment in medical bioinformatics represents an important part of a wider MRC strategy to integrate large scale information about our genetic make-up, our complex biological characteristics and electronic health records to better understand health and disease. This funding will help improve linkages and analysis and ensure that researchers’ skills develop in tandem with emerging data technologies. The aim is to strengthen the UK’s capacity to analyse biomedical data in secure environments so that patients and participants can be reassured that their personal data are safe and may be used to benefit to the whole UK population.”


Further Information

Join For Free

Access to this exclusive content is for Technology Networks Premium members only.

Join Technology Networks Premium for free access to:

  • Exclusive articles
  • Presentations from international conferences
  • Over 3,900+ scientific posters on ePosters
  • More Than 5,300+ scientific videos on LabTube
  • 35 community eNewsletters


Sign In



Forgotten your details? Click Here
If you are not a member you can join here

*Please note: By logging into TechnologyNetworks.com you agree to accept the use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our privacy policy.

Related Content

Genetic Signature Linked to Cancer Prognosis Identified
The results of the analysis of 8,161 tissue samples could in the future help clinicians decide how best to treat a patient as well as aid the development of new targeted treatments.
Monday, October 10, 2016
Potential Urine Test for CJD
Researchers at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Prion Unit at UCL have found that it may be possible to determine whether or not a person has sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (sCJD) by testing their urine for the presence of abnormal prion proteins.
Tuesday, October 04, 2016
Genes Essential to Life Discovered
Genes critical for life are discovered in humans and mice as part of large-scale phenotyping study.
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Gene Linked to Hearing Loss Identified
Researchers have identifed a gene associated with age-related hearing loss.
Monday, August 22, 2016
World's Most In-Depth Study to Detect Alzheimer's Disease
A multisite team will see the most thorough and vigorous testing for Alzheimer's ever performed on volunteers.
Monday, August 22, 2016
Discovery of Key Component of HIV Yields New Drug Target
Scientists from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge and University College London have discovered an essential feature of HIV that the virus uses to infect cells whilst avoiding detection by the immune system. This discovery presents a new drug target and the opportunity to re-evaluate existing treatments for HIV to improve their efficacy.
Thursday, August 11, 2016
MRC Technology, Alzheimer’s Association Collaborate
MRC Technology (MRCT), an independent medical research charity based in London, and the Alzheimer’s Association in Chicago have entered into an agreement to review and monitor the Association’s grant-funded research portfolio.
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Study Shows Blocking Brain Inflammation Could Help Alzheimer's
The research was jointly funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and Alzheimer’s Research UK.
Saturday, January 09, 2016
A Fundamental Protection Mechanism Against Formalin In Mammals is Revealed
Formaldehyde, or formalin, is well known to all of us as a common chemical used in many industrial processes and also as a preservative, remarkably we also produce formaldehyde in our bodies.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Liver Regrown from Stem Cells
Scientists have repaired a damaged liver in a mouse by transplanting stem cells grown in the laboratory.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
MRC, GSK and Five Leading UK Universities Collaborate
Collaboration to crack difficult disease areas.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
‘Mini Bile Ducts’ used to Discover New Drugs that could Prevent Liver Damage
An experimental cystic fibrosis drug has been shown to prevent the disease’s damage to the liver, thanks to a world-first where scientists grew mini bile ducts in the lab.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
First RNAi Meiosis Screen Reveals Genes Essential to Generate Eggs
Screening techniques developed leading to the discovery of genes essential for meiosis in mammals.
Wednesday, July 08, 2015
Study Identifies New Way to Kill the Malaria Parasite
Scientists have discovered new ways in which the malaria parasite survives in the blood stream of its victims, a discovery that could pave the way to new treatments for the disease.
Tuesday, July 07, 2015
Making Vaccines More Effective In The Elderly
Compound shown to restore the immune system’s inbuilt memory.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Scientific News
Big Genetics in BC: The American Society for Human Genetics 2016 Meeting
Themes at this year's meeting ranged from the verification, validation, and sharing of data, to the translation of laboratory findings into actionable clinical results.
Stem Cells in Drug Discovery
Potential Source of Unlimited Human Test Cells, but Roadblocks Remain.
Cancer Genetics: Key to Diagnosis, Therapy
When applied judiciously, cancer genetics directs caregivers to the right drug at the right time, while sparing patients of unnecessary or harmful treatments.
Transporting Microscopic Cargo Between Human Cells
Scientists have developed a virus-inspired delivery system for material transport between cells.
Metabolite Promotes Cancer Cell Transformation
Researchers have identified a metabolite that promotes cancer cell transformation and colorectal cancer spread.
Improving Drug Production with Computer Model
A model has been developed that can be used to improve and accelerate the production of biotherapeutics, cancer drugs, and vaccines.
Zika’s Entry Points
Discovery shows Zika infection of neural progenitor cells occurs regardless of AXL production, which was thought to be the main vector for the virus.
New Form of Autism Found
An international team of researchers have identified a new form of syndromic autism.
Radiation-Free Imaging in the Brain
Scientists create sensors that use proteins to detect particular targets through induced blood flow changes.
Failings in Conveying Risks of Undercooked Meat
A study has found that restaurants do not communicate the risks of eating undercooked meats.
Scroll Up
Scroll Down
Skyscraper Banner

SELECTBIO Market Reports
Go to LabTube
Go to eposters
 
Access to the latest scientific news
Exclusive articles
Upload and share your posters on ePosters
Latest presentations and webinars
View a library of 1,800+ scientific and medical posters
3,900+ scientific and medical posters
A library of 2,500+ scientific videos on LabTube
5,300+ scientific videos
Close
Premium CrownJOIN TECHNOLOGY NETWORKS PREMIUM FOR FREE!