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Nine new research projects have today been awarded a share of £5.3M to offer insights into the role of food and nutrition on our health. The new projects were funded by BBSRC and MRC as part of a joint Responsive Mode highlight in Mechanistic Research in Nutrition, issued last year.

Three large collaborative grants, totalling £9.5M, have been announced by MRC as part of a cross-Council initiative to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The awards together mark one of the biggest investments into AMR since the initiative launched and will use new technology to exploit natural compounds, develop a tool to offer better and faster diagnostics and explore how the body’s own immune system can be boosted to fight infection.

Bacteria could play a role in the development of type 1 diabetes, by triggering the immune system to destroy the cells that produce insulin. The new discovery, made using super powerful X-rays, could lead to new ways to diagnose, prevent, and possibly halt type 1 diabetes.