A Foundation for the future: How the Medical Research Foundation is looking long-term in its medical research funding

The Medical Research Foundation is funding research that is beneficial to society long-term - one example is the Antimicrobial Research Training Programme.

The Medical Research Foundation (the Medical Research Council’s charitable foundation) believes that investing in long-term research projects – research that will not just be valuable now but also beneficial later – is the key to effective medical advancement. The Foundation steps in to fund the most promising health research that will make the biggest difference, filling gaps left by institutions […]

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Candida auris: The path of yeast resistance

Researcher growing cells in a lab.

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria have gained a lot of attention in recent years, but there’s another budding ‘villain’ that demands a spotlight and it comes in the form of a yeast. Candida auris debuted on the public health scene in 2009 after it was isolated from a Japanese patient’s ear canal. Since then, the multidrug-resistant fungus has become a “major healthcare threat, […]

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Couples bickering: Disaffiliation and discord in Chinese conversation

Couples bickering: Disaffiliation and discord in Chinese conversation

In “Couples Bickering”, Guodong Yu, Yaxin Wu and Paul Drew use conversation analysis on candid, everyday conversations in Mandarin from China in order to understand communication and social action. Using the relationships in interaction of arguments and conflicts found in conversations between couples, they show how there are many linguistic and grammatical ways that conflict can be limited to bickering, […]

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Nesta: Collective intelligence, people-powered results and experimentation

People are participating in the 100 Day Challenge.

The world is changing faster than ever, and solutions to the challenges faced by governments, the health and public sectors and educational institutions need to be innovative and inventive to match. At the Nesta foundation, experts are using research-based evidence to come up with frameworks and programmes to support those people trying to solve some of Europe’s trickiest public conundrums. […]

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Value Added Data systems: An architecture for end-user informed data preparation

Value Added Data systems: An architecture for end-user informed data preparation

As the myriad of data sources continues to grow, so does the need for cost-effective, scalable and principled techniques for integrating and cleaning big data in order to optimise the data quality and thus increase its value. Dr Norman Paton, Professor of Computer Science and Dr Nikolaos Konstantinou, a Research Fellow with the Department of Computer Science, both from the […]

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Action research creates a shared future for elephants and humans

An elephant population migrating within the Sahel region.

In 2009 a crisis faced the elephant and human populations of central Mali, when a vital fresh water source dried up. Reduced rainfall and increased human activity, including vast herds of domestic cattle, contributed to this critical problem. Dr Susan Canney of the University of Oxford and Director of the Mali Elephant Project, decided a new and prompt approach was […]

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ACS: Taking chemistry to Hollywood

This article focuses on: Dr Donna Nelson of the American Chemical Society is making it her mission to change the public perception and appreciation of science.

Science is everywhere. From your sofa to your car, pretty much any product you can think of would not exist without the work of science, and chemistry in particular. This fact is often under-appreciated by the public, but for Dr Donna Nelson of the American Chemical Society, she has made it her mission to change this. Following her work as […]

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BAS: Investigating icy waters with Boaty McBoatface

In this article: Professor Mike Meredith from the British Antarctic Survey studies waters as they flow from Antarctica into the Atlantic Ocean to understand climate change

Oceans are not only filled with many weird and wonderful creatures, but they can also slow down climate change – storing human-produced carbon and heat in their oceanic depths. Understanding how this process happens is vital to predicting the impact climate change will have over the coming years. Professor Mike Meredith, science leader at the British Antarctic Survey, focuses on […]

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