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MRC WIMM students win RDM Graduate Prize

MRC WIMM students win RDM Graduate Prize

Posted 15/12/2017

  Many congratulations to Huw Colin-York, Quentin Ferry and Thomas Riffelmacher, who have won this year’s Radcliffe Department of Medicine (RDM) Graduate Prize! The prizes are awarded to current or recently graduated students of RDM supervisors on the basis of exceptional achievement in their research. All three students displayed research excellence during their DPhil studies and have helped to progress their respective fields.   Dr ...

Dr Robert Beagrie awarded prestigious Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Fellowship

Dr Robert Beagrie awarded prestigious Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Fellowship

Posted 07/12/2017

  Many congratulations to Dr Robert Beagrie, a postdoc in the research group of Prof Doug Higgs at the MRC Molecular Haematology Unit (Radcliffe Department of Medicine)! Robert was a awarded a prestigious Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship, a four-year award that offers recently qualified postdoctoral researchers the opportunity to start independent research careers. Robert will be working with Prof Doug Higgs and Assoc. Prof. Merav ...

Acute myeloid leukaemia: researchers zero in on treatment options for aggressive blood cancer

Acute myeloid leukaemia: researchers zero in on treatment options for aggressive blood cancer

Posted 06/12/2017

Just three days after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML), the wife of Sky Sports presenter Simon Thomas tragically died. Gemma Thomas was one of more than 3,000 people diagnosed with AML in the UK in the last year. AML is the commonest aggressive adult human blood cancer. Despite advances in our understanding of the disease, we need to do more research to increase the number of patients who are cured. Every day we need to make ...

Annual MRC WIMM fundraising events raise £1,719 for charity

Annual MRC WIMM fundraising events raise £1,719 for charity

Posted 28/11/2017

  We are delighted to announce that this year’s fundraising efforts raised a grand total of £1,719 to support our nominated charity “Greenfingers Charity”. Greenfingers Charity are “a national charity dedicated to supporting children who spend time in hospices around the UK, along with their families, by creating inspiring gardens for them to relax in and benefit from”.  The MRC WIMM’s fundraising events are part of an effort that ...

Regional Breast Cancer Academic Day marks NHS retirement for Prof. Adrian Harris

Regional Breast Cancer Academic Day marks NHS retirement for Prof. Adrian Harris

Posted 24/11/2017

  This month the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM) hosted the annual Regional Breast Cancer Academic Day, an event that brings together breast cancer teams from across the Thames Valley region. This year’s symposium involved the participation of over 70 attendees, including nurses, clinical trial managers, researchers and doctors. In addition to the usual mix of internal and external speakers, this year’s event was also ...

Speakers’ Award for MRC HIU DPhil student

Speakers’ Award for MRC HIU DPhil student

Posted 16/11/2017

  Many congratulations to Melissa Bedard, who won a Speakers’ Award for best presentation at the recent CD1-MR1 Conference held in Napa Valley, California. Melissa is a third year DPhil student in the Cerundolo Lab at the MRC Human Immunology Unit. Her research project is providing important insights into a novel mechanism of action of invariant NKT cells.  

Enabling teachers to engage with the latest biomedical research

Enabling teachers to engage with the latest biomedical research

Posted 14/11/2017

  Researchers at the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM), joined forces with STEM Learning to engage secondary school teachers with the latest scientific advancements, an initiative that aims to enable teachers to enrich their delivery of the science curriculum.   Enriching the school curriculum by incorporating state-of-the-art scientific research is an excellent way to increase interest in science subjects and inspire ...

Disruptive bioengineering – changing the way cells interact with each other

Disruptive bioengineering – changing the way cells interact with each other

Posted 10/11/2017

  Researchers at the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine have developed a new platform based on CRISPR/Cas9 technology, to alter the way human cells respond to external signals. Cells are constantly monitoring the environment around them and are programmed to respond to molecular cues in their surroundings in distinct ways – some cues may prompt cells to grow, some lead to cell movement and others initiate cell death. For a cell ...

Microscopy workshop fosters UK-Turkey collaborations

Microscopy workshop fosters UK-Turkey collaborations

Posted 25/10/2017

  Researchers at the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM) participated in a collaborative imaging workshop that aims to build scientific links between early career researchers in Turkey and the United Kingdom.   In its third edition, the Cellular Imaging Techniques course is a successful joint initiative between the WIMM at the University of Oxford and the Izmir Biomedicine and Genome Center (iBG-Izmir). The course is ...

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 ...