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Five reasons why we study fungal disease

To improve the outlook for patients with life-threatening fungal disease, we need a coordinated approach to tackle the infections. That’s why we set up the MRC Centre for Medical Mycology (MRC CMM) with the University of Aberdeen last year. Here Masters students Joanne Calley, Emily Speakman, Catherine Mark and Alexander Currie share five reasons why they chose to study fungi and are excited to be working at the forefront of fungal diseases research.

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GCRF: don’t judge a book by its cover (or title)

In 2016, the then-government introduced a new approach to funding science and research targeted at urgent problems being faced by people the world over: the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), which the MRC helps to deliver. Rachael Sara-Kennedy, Head of International Partnerships at Universities UK, says we must look beyond the face value of overseas research funding to see how it benefits us all.

The GCRF enables our universities and world-class research base to access resources drawn from the government’s overseas aid budget – the Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding to help fight global challenges. The fund represents a not insignificant slice of the government’s commitment to spend 0.7% GDP on overseas aid.

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Confidence to cross the road in time

Using public transport and crossing the road are part of everyday life. But for older people these activities can be difficult, dangerous and put them off walking altogether. Dr Elizabeth Webb, lecturer in gerontology at the University of Southampton, explains the negative knock-on effects for health and how extending road crossing time could help.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is consulting on new draft guidelines on environmental changes which should be made to support people to be physically active.

The consultation caught my eye, since it directly relates to research I’ve published today with colleagues, funded by the MRC and the Economic and Social Research Council.

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