Explore news, activities and reports about some of the areas of our work.

    Cell and developmental biology

    Understanding how cells function and interact with their environment, and how organisms form, grow and develop.

    Data sharing

    Sharing data helps researchers to access and build on new information and knowledge.

    European Union

    The European Union supports science through legislation, funding opportunities and programmes to help cross-border collaboration.

    Genetics, genomics and molecular biology

    Understanding how genes, proteins and other molecules work together to perform the functions of life and what happens when these functions go wrong.

    Infectious disease and the immune system

    Understanding endemic and epidemic infections, such as malaria and HIV, and the role of the immune system in health and disease.

    Influencing policy

    Science policy affects a broad range of issues, ranging from data sharing and gene editing, to intellectual property and regulation.

    Neuroscience and mental health

    Understanding the brain and mind, and investigating conditions such as dementia, depression and schizophrenia.

    Open access

    Open access ensures that original research publications are available to everyone to read and re-use for free.

    Physiology and non-communicable disease

    Understanding how the human body works, and the mechanisms of diseases such as diabetes, obesity and stroke.

    Population health

    Understanding the causes and consequences of health and disease in populations.

    Public engagement

    Public engagement involves conversations about science and health research in unexpected places and surprising ways.


    Regulation creates an environment where research and innovation can flourish. 

    Research environment

    The UK has a world-leading research environment.

    Science education

    Young people's understanding of science is shaped by their experiences, both inside and outside of school.


    Zika is a mosquito-borne virus which has been linked with severe birth defects in babies.