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Many of the projects featured here are still active and the full impact of funding them will not be known for many years – we are investing in the future of health. Have a look at projects we've funded and use the filters to find the research you’re most interested in.

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Dissemination programme to debunk ‘skunk’: Tackling the increased harms associated with high potency cannabis use

An award for the dissemination of findings of an MRC-funded study about the consequences of smoking cannabis, particularly the high potency strain commonly known as ‘skunk’.

Lead researcher: Professor H Valerie Curran
Research area: Mental health
Disease or condition: Schizophrenia
Research organisation: University College London
Funding type: Dissemination award
Status: Live
Amount: £27,144
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A genomic approach to understanding varicella virus latency and reactivation and its clinical consequences in humans

A fellowship to determine whether there are particular strains of Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV) that are more likely to cause post herpetic neuralgia (PHN) (the burning pain associated with shingles) ; and, to understand the mechanism by which VZV becomes active after many years dormant to cause shingles and PHN.

Lead researcher: Dr Daniel Depledge
Research area: Infectious diseases
Disease or condition: Human herpes virus
Research organisation: University College London
Funding type: Fellowship
Status: Live
Amount: £302,641
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Investigation of α-herpesvirus latency in human neurons

A fellowship to study of the role of cellular proteins in neuronal establishment and maintenance of, and reactivation from, α-herpes virus latency.

Lead researcher: Dr Mandy Glass
Research area: Infectious diseases
Disease or condition: Human herpes virus
Research organisation: University of Glasgow
Funding type: Fellowship
Status: Live
Amount: £266,900
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Investigating autophagy and novel genetic deficiencies underlying human herpes infections

Autophagy is the recycling of damaged cellular components, and the elimination of unwanted viral infections. This research project studies the process of autophagy following viral infection to understand its role in human herpes virus.

Lead researcher: Dr Vanessa Sancho-Shimizu
Research area: Infectious diseases
Disease or condition: Human herpes virus
Research organisation: Imperial College London
Funding type: Research grant
Status: Live
Amount: £273,117
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Tuning the firing of dopaminergic neurons to relieve movement difficulties in Parkinson's disease

A grant of £130,000 to investigate behaviour-related signalling of the nerve cells that are damaged in Parkinson’s disease and how this activity can be restored.

Lead researcher: Prof Peter Magill
Research area: Neurodegenerative diseases
Disease or condition: Parkinson’s disease
Research organisation: University of Oxford
Funding type: Research grant
Status: Live
Amount: £133,400
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