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MRC Centenary 1913-2013

A message from Professor Sir Robert Lechler

Robert Lechler, Vice-Principal, King’s College London“2013 marks the centenary year of the Medical Research Council. The MRC was the first national fund for medical research in the UK and its mission has always been to improve human health through world-class medical research. They do this by supporting research centres, research programmes as well as talented young researchers and postgraduate students.

The MRC support of talented and world leading researchers at King's has spanned the last century. 

One of the most significant examples has been the establishment of the MRC Biophysics Unit at King’s in 1946. Working within the unit were scientists Rosalind Franklin and Maurice Wilkins. In the late 1940s and 1950s they experimented with ways of refining the process of x-ray diffraction which led to the first publication in Nature in 1953 of the structure of DNA.

During MRC Open Week (20-26 June), to mark the Centenary, four of our Centres will be opening their doors to the public to demonstrate the research that they do, and how this will impact on human health.  

With the MRC's mission to support work which prolongs and improves human life,  the impact of the work they have supported since 1913 has been far reaching.  

There is a lot to celebrate. Happy 100th birthday." 

Robert Lechler, Vice-Principal, King’s College London and Executive Director, King's Health Partners

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