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Archive for August, 2012

Aiming high

Declan Murphy (Copyright: King's College London Institute of Psychiatry)

Declan Murphy (Copyright: King’s College London Institute of Psychiatry)

Professor Declan Murphy studies the link between abnormal brain development and autism. He spoke to Sarah Harrop about leading EU AIMS, the biggest individually-funded autism research project in the world and follow-on from his work on the major MRC-funded study UK AIMS.

Why do autism research?

Autism is much more prevalent than we once thought: we used to think it affected around one in 120 people but we now know it’s more like one in 80. Whether cases are increasing or we’re diagnosing it differently, we’re much more aware that autism must be addressed. Having autism significantly increases your risk for other serious mental health problems such as ADHD, depression and anxiety disorders.

We’re also beginning to understand the enormous cost of autism, both to the individual and to society. In terms of economic burden, it’s the most costly neuropsychiatric disorder currently in the US and the UK. Read more

£60m to unravel genes and disease

The MRC has awarded £60m over five years to the MRC Human Genetics Unit and the MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM) at the University of Edinburgh. This video, produced by the University of Edinburgh, explains how researchers will use this funding to look at the genetics that underlie diseases such as melanoma and heart disease, and incorporate what they learn into diagnosing and treating patients.

The MRC at the ‘Glastonbury of science’

The MRC has been supporting the Cheltenham Science Festival for the past 10 years. Like all great partnerships, our relationship with the organisers and visitors to the festival has grown with time; we now help to develop content for the festival programme as well as being a sponsor.

Here’s just a flavour of what we do…


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