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MDS Patient Support Group visits the MRC WIMM

MDS Patient Support Group visits the MRC WIMM

Posted 12/10/2017

Members of the Oxford and Thames Valley MDS Patient Support Group, which provides support to those affected by Myelodysplastic Syndromes, visited the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM) on Friday 29 September. The visit was hosted by Dr Lynn Quek and members of Prof Paresh Vyas' research team at the MRC Molecular Hematology Unit, who are members of the Radcliffe Department of Medicine. Their research is supported by the NIHR ...

Marella de Bruijn becomes Professor of Developmental Haematopoiesis

Marella de Bruijn becomes Professor of Developmental Haematopoiesis

Posted 10/10/2017

Congratulations to Prof Marella de Bruijn, awarded the title of full professor of Developmental Haematopoiesis in the recent Recognition of Distinction Exercise. This is a huge achievement and reflects not only her research achievements but also commitment to teaching and ‘good citizenship’. Prof Marella de Brujin leads a team investigating the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie the generation and maintenance of haemopoietic stem ...

MRC WIMM Researchers Participate in Oxford's Biggest Public Engagement Event

MRC WIMM Researchers Participate in Oxford's Biggest Public Engagement Event

Posted 03/10/2017

  Last Friday, 29 September, researchers from across the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine participated in the Curiosity Carnival, a University-wide public engagement event that brought research to the public. The Carnival included a wide range of events across Oxford and our researchers were present at three of the main venues. During the day the Eggeling lab from our MRC Human Immunology Unit  set up one of the many stands in ...

A role for autophagy in neutrophil differentiation

A role for autophagy in neutrophil differentiation

Posted 29/09/2017

  Recent research from the Simon and Jacobsen groups reveals an unexpected role for autophagy in neutrophil development.   Neutrophils are cells of the immune system, essential for fighting bacterial and fungal infections. Within the human bone marrow, one million neutrophils are generated every second, a rapid and complex process requiring substantial energy and key to the body’s immune response to infection. However, the mechanisms that ...

Promising results in clinical trial for aggressive form of leukaemia

Promising results in clinical trial for aggressive form of leukaemia

Posted 27/09/2017

  A team of international researchers, including scientists at the MRC Molecular Hematology Unit, report promising results from a phase I clinical trial of Enasidenib, a novel drug that may help patients suffering from Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) is the most common aggressive leukaemia in adults and is incurable in most patients. Up to 15% of adult AML patients have a mutation in the IDH2 gene. The resulting   ...

A day of human immunology- MRC HIU day showcases Unit’s research

A day of human immunology- MRC HIU day showcases Unit’s research

Posted 25/09/2017

    The MRC Human Immunology Unit (HIU), based at the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, aims to foster research in human immunology with the goal of developing better treatments against cancer, infections and autoimmune diseases. The full range of research at the Unit, commitment to public engagement and its sense of community, were on display at the Unit’s annual day, which took place on 21 September.       The day ...

Huge genetic diversity among Papuan New Guinean peoples revealed

Posted 15/09/2017

  The first large-scale genetic study of people in Papua New Guinea has shown that different groups within the country are genetically highly different from each other. Scientists at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, University of Oxford and the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research reveal that the people there have remained genetically independent from Europe and Asia for most of the last 50,000 years, and that people from the ...

Anneliese Dodds MP steps inside virtual reality and explores challenges facing Oxford’s scientists

Anneliese Dodds MP steps inside virtual reality and explores challenges facing Oxford’s scientists

Posted 07/09/2017

  The Medical Research Council Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (MRC WIMM), University of Oxford, invited Oxford East MP Anneliese Dodds to learn more about cutting edge research taking place in her constituency and learn more from researchers about the challenges they face. The visit took place on the 30th of August.   The MRC WIMM is an internationally renowned institute, which aims to unravel the causes of disease and use ...

Dr Beth Psaila wins L’Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science Award

Dr Beth Psaila wins L’Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science Award

Posted 06/09/2017

Congratulations to Dr Beth Psaila, who has won a prestigious Fellowship at the L’Oréal-UNESCO UK and Ireland For Women In Science awards. She was one of five scientists to receive the highly competitive award. The annual Fellowships programme provides £15,000 of flexible financial support for outstanding female postdoctoral researchers to continue research in their fields, as part of a wider L’Oréal-UNESCO programme aimed at supporting and ...

WIMM researchers head to Royal Society Summer Science

WIMM researchers head to Royal Society Summer Science

Posted 04/07/2017

  Researchers from RDM kick off a week-long science extravaganza today at The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition. The team will be exhibiting a unique blend of genetics and virtual reality on their stand, ‘DNA Origami: How do you fold a genome?’ The team are one of 22 exhibits at the festival – a celebration of science and innovation. They will be taking visitors through the intricate world of DNA folding, using virtual reality and ...