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The Medical Research Council (MRC) is a UK organisation dedicated to "promot[ing] the balanced development of medical and related biological research in the UK".

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Organisation

The MRC is one of seven Research Councils and is answerable to, although politically independent from, the Office of Science and Technology, which - in turn - is part of the Department of Trade and Industry.


It is governed by a council of 14 members, which convenes every two months. Daily management is in the hands of the Chief Executive. Members of the council also chair specialist boards on specific areas of research. For specific subjects, the council convenes committees.


The MRC funds research centres, three main institutes (in Cambridge, Mill Hill and Hammersmith) and 35 smaller units nationwide. Overseas facilities are located in Gambia.


History

The MRC started as the Medical Research Committee in 1913, its prime role being the distribution of medical research funds under the terms of the 1911 National Insurance Act. This was a consequence of the recommendation of the Royal Commission on Tuberculosis, which recommended the creation of a permanent medical research body. The mandate was not limited to tuberculosis, however.


In 1920, it became the Medical Research Council under Royal Charter. A supplemental Charter would be approved by the Queen at the 17 July 2003 Privy Council.


Landmark research

Important early work carried out under MRC auspices was:

In all, scientists associated with the MRC have received 22 Nobel Prizes in both Medicine or Physiology and Chemistry.


CEOs

As Chief Executive Officers (originally secretaries) served:

External links

  • MRC official web site (http://www.mrc.ac.uk)

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Medical Research Council - definition of Medical Research Council in Encyclopedia (498 words)
The Medical Research Council (MRC) is a UK organisation dedicated to "promot[ing] the balanced development of medical and related biological research in the UK".
The MRC is one of seven Research Councils and is answerable to, although politically independent from, the Office of Science and Technology, which - in turn - is part of the Department of Trade and Industry.
The MRC started as the Medical Research Committee in 1913, its prime role being the distribution of medical research funds under the terms of the 1911 National Insurance Act.
ePolitix.com - Medical Research Council (351 words)
The Medical Research Council (MRC) is the UK’s largest public funder of biomedical research.
It promotes and supports research and postgraduate training in all areas of biomedical science with the aims of maintaining and improving human health and contributing to national wealth and quality of life.
The research it supports and the scientists it trains meet the needs of the health services, the pharmaceutical and other health-related industries and the academic world.
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