Medical Research Council (MRC)


The Medical Research Council (MRC) is a national nondepartmental public body with executive responsibilities, established by Royal Charter in 1920 and funded mainly by the UK Government. The MRC's primary function is to promote, develop and support UK biomedical research aimed at improving human health.

Keywords: medical; research; UK; history; organization

Figure 1.

The Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology after its foundation in 1962.


Further Reading

Austoker J and Bryder L (eds) (1989) Historical Perspectives on the Role of the MRC; Essays in the History of the Medical Research Committee 1913–1953. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Medical Research Council Website []

Moreton LT and Moore RJ (1994) A Bibliography of Medical and Biomedical Biography. Aldershot, Hampshire: Scholar Press.

Thomson AL (1973–1975) Half a Century of Medical Research (2 vols). London: HMSO.

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Neil, David Langley(Nov 2001) Medical Research Council (MRC). In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0003408]