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Cranberry juice won’t cut it: UTIs and the potential for repurposing drugs

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In May, Medical Research Council (MRC) Phd students were invited to enter the Max Perutz science writing award 2021 and write a compelling piece about their research for the non-scientific reader.

From the many entries received, the 10 that made the shortlist covered diverse topics, including dementia, childhood adversity, the role of genes in schizophrenia and the use of hypnosis to treat psychosis.

The essays were judged by: the Observer’s Ian Tucker, the Science Museum’s science director, Roger Highfield; Prof Fiona Watt, executive chair at the MRC, Andy Ridgway, senior lecturer in science communication at the University of the West of England in Bristol, the author and broadcaster Gaia Vince, and the researcher and mental health advocate Dr Furaha Asani.

At a virtual ceremony last month, the £1,500 prize was presented to the winner, Vicky Bennett from the University of Bath, for her article about her research into repurposing drugs to treat urinary tract infections.

Here we publish the winning article, described by Roger Highfield as “a gallant way to make unglamorous research interesting.”

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